by Lionel Shriver - £9.99 HarperCollins Publishers (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780007271108 | ISBN 10: 0007271107
The new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Pandora has looked up to her older brother Edison since they were children. Now she revels in the anonymity of her suburban Iowa life, while her brother basks in the limelight as a New York jazz musician. But when Edison arrives in Iowa, suddenly in need of a place to stay, Pandora literally doesnít recognize him. The once slim, hip pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?
Soon Edisonís appalling diet and know-it-all monologues are driving Pandora and her husband Fletcher insane. And itís only a matter of time before Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum, itís him or me.
With Shriverís distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother not only examines why we overeat, but asks more pressingly still: just how much should you sacrifice for someone who refuses to be saved?
(Price & availability last checked: November 2019)