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Episode 1

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 25 February 2013

A layered. bittersweet tragi-comedy about three generations of a Jewish family from the Chicago suburbs.

Edie Middlestein is a woman who can't stop eating. Her family fear she will eat herself to death. But Edie's heart and soul feel full when her stomach is full. And as she alternates between eating and grinding all the joy out of her memories, relationships around her start to unravel.

The author, Jami Attenberg, grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. This is her fourth book.

Episode 1 (of 10)
Little Edie Herzen was already big for her age, but it did not matter. For food was made of love, so how could her parents not feed her?

Reader: Tracy-Ann Oberman
Abridger: Jeremy Osborne
Producer: Karen Rose
A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

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