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Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (March 2015)

From the acclaimed author of international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin, comes a striking new novel about siblings, marriage and obesity.

When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn't recognize him.  In the four years since they last saw each other, her brother, a once slim, hip New York jazz pianist, has gained hundreds of pounds.  What happened?  Worse, Edison's slovenly habits and appalling diet drive her health and fitness freak husband Fletcher insane.  After his brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: it's him or me.  Putting her marriage on the line, Pandora chooses her brother - who, without her support in losing weight, will surely eat himself into an early grave.

Rich with Shriver's distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about obesity: why we overeat and how we treat overweight people, and it asks whether it's ever possible to save our loved ones from themselves.
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