Review: Big Brother, Lionel Shriver

Big Brother, Lionel Shriver
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.

Lionel Shriver's was born in Gastonia, North Carolina. She studied at Barnard College, Columbia University (BA, MFA). Her novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. She lives in London and Brooklyn, New York.

We picked this book up for the book group read. I am not sure I would have read it otherwise. Though Lionel Shriver wrote some interesting books that sound interesting but the subject of this book would not really pull me.
There are some funny thins mentioned in the book and it does bring up some great points of discussion but overall I did not really enjoy the book. Sentences were long making me loose focus all the time. I did not understand decisions made by the characters. I was annoyed with the way people were treating each other. Did not understand why Pandora calls Fletcher considerate when they cannot even talk to one another. The story does make you realize how important food is in your every day life.

Big Brother
Author: Lionel Shriver
Publisher: Atlas Contact
Pages: 414
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789025441524
Original title: Big Brother
Publisher: Paperback
Big Brother
3 stars

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