Big Brother

Big Brother

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From the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin.`[Shriver's] best novel yet' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAYPandora has looked up to her older brother Edisonsince they were children. Now she revels in the anonymityof her suburban Iowa life, while her brother basks in thelimelight as a New York jazz musician. But when Edisonarrives in Iowa, suddenly in need of a place to stay, Pandoraliterally doesn't recognize him. The once slim, hip pianisthas gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?Soon Edison's appalling diet and know-it-all monologuesare driving Pandora and her husband Fletcher insane.And it's only a matter of time before Fletcher delivershis wife an ultimatum, it's him or me.With Shriver's distinctive wit and ferocious energy,Big Brother not only examines why we overeat, but asksmore pressingly still: just how much should you sacrificefor someone who refuses to be saved?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 300g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • The Borough Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007271107
  • 9780007271108
  • 21,226

About Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver's novels include the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian and the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New more

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`Glorious, fearless ... possibly her very best' OBSERVER`Her best novel yet' INDEPENDENT`A brilliant writer. She has a strong, clear and strangely seductive voice. The characters are strong . . . so moving it will make you want to gasp or cry' SUNDAY TIMES`Piercingly bleak in tone and formally original in execution . . . reminding us, not a moment too soon, that Shriver is a novelist as well as a polemicist' DAILY TELEGRAPH`From the start I was gripped. Once again, Shriver has provided much food for thought' DAILY MAIL`Lionel Shriver's Big Brother has the muscle to overpower its readers. It is a conversation piece of impressive heft' NEW YORK TIMES`Big Brother finds the funny - and the pathos - in fat'USA TODAY`Brilliantly done' EVENING STANDARD`Pandora is a masterly creation' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWshow more

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10,204 ratings
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4 37% (3,795)
3 35% (3,537)
2 13% (1,286)
1 4% (398)
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