Big Brother: A Novel

Paperback | June 10, 2014

byLionel Shriver

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Big Brother is a striking novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity from Lionel Shriver, the acclaimed author the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin.
 
For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored through their courtship, and spends hours each day to manic cycling. Then, when Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn’t recognize him. In the years since they’ve seen one another, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? After Edison has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me.

Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: an issue both social and excruciatingly personal. It asks just how much sacrifice we'll make to save single members of our families, and whether it's ever possible to save loved ones from themselves.

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Big Brother is a striking novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity from Lionel Shriver, the acclaimed author the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love. Alas, her husband, Fletcher, a self-employed high-end cabinetmaker, now spurns the “toxic” dishes that he’d savored through the...

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From the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin comes an extraordinary novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity.When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the Iowa airport, she doesn't recognize him. In the four years since she last sa...

Lionel Shriver's novels includeThe New Republic,So Much for That,The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestsellerWe Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared inThe Guardian, theNew York Times, theWall Street Journal, and many other publications.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:June 10, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061458600

ISBN - 13:9780061458606

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“Would I recommend Big Brother? Absolutely. It confronts the touchy subject of American lard exuberantly and intelligently; it makes you think about what you put in your mouth and why.”