Big Brother by Lionel Shriver audiobook

Big Brother: A Novel

By Lionel Shriver
Read by Alice Rosengard

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780061458576
13.03 Hours Unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice

A 2013 Huffington Post Best Book

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, June 2013

A 2013 BookPage Best Book

A Booklist Top 10 in June 2013

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: 10 Best Novels for Summer Reading, 2013

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Shriver brilliantly explores the strength of sibling bonds versus the often more fragile ties of marriage.” Booklist
“An intelligent meditation on food, guilt, and the real (and imagined) debts we owe the ones we love.” Publishers Weekly
“Shriver has a knack for conveying subtle shifts in family dynamics…Shriver offers some sage observations…Yet her main gift as a novelist is a talent for coolly nailing down uncomfortable realities.” Economist
“The fellowship of Lionel Shriver fanatics is about to grow larger, so to speak. Big Brother, a tragicomic meditation on family and food, may be her best book yet.” Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

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Author

Author Bio: Lionel Shriver

Author Bio: Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose books include Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the London Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English