The Middlesteins (2012), Jami Attenberg’s beloved, bestselling novel of familial dysfunction and food addiction will, with any luck, soon become a half-hour television series on Showtime. According to The Hollywood Reporter, erstwhile CBS executive Nina Tassler, writer / producer Liz Tigelaar (Casual, Nashville, Revenge), and Girls writer Jason Kim helm the project, currently in development.
If it goes forward, the show will be off to a running start thanks to extraordinary source material. Attenberg’s novel—big-hearted, unsentimental, moving, and very, very funny—follows the trials of a Jewish family from Chicago whose matriarch, Edie, is eating herself to death. In her starred review for Booklist, Donna Seaman raves: “Kinetic with hilarity and anguish, romance and fury, Attenberg’s rapidly consumed yet nourishing novel anatomizes our insatiable hunger for love, meaning, and hope.”
This has been a banner summer for Attenberg, whose most recent novel, Saint Mazie, is being adapted into a miniseries by Helena Bonham Carter.