The Middlesteins Coming to Showtime

Jami + Middlesteins

Jami Attenberg and her bestselling novel.

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.



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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