Fiction: Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

Big Brother book coverPandora lives in Iowa, owns a small business, and has a guest room that is about to be occupied by her brother – the idol of her younger years – Edison. When Pandora goes to the airport to pick up Edison, she sees that he has gotten bigger. Now 400 pounds, Edison seems intent on killing himself with food. After a two-month stay, Pandora has to choose between saving her marriage and saving her brother, if either can be done at all. Lionel Shriver is known for her reflective, issue-driven, contemporary fiction. In Big Brother, Shriver passionately, kindly dissects the American obesity epidemic and how one family chooses to stop participating in it.