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Jami Attenberg’s 6 Favorite Books With Overweight Protagonists

In Attenberg’s third novel, The Middlesteins, a Jewish family in Chicago is torn apart by the overeating of their 350-pound matriarch. Here she gives her favorite books featuring overweight protagonists.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, $15). To me, this collection of linked stories about a difficult but loving woman and her neighbors in small-town coastal Maine is perfect — precisely written, emotionally correct, and a dream to read. Strout writes about obesity with immaculate wisdom: “The appetites of the body were private battles.” Read more…

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