Her work is fun, and a great captivator
An American fiction writer and essayist, Jami Jami Attenberg has authored short story collections and novels. She is famously known for her best-seller, The Middlesteins. Though she started off her career with a television channel, Jami found her calling in fiction writing. The author started her literary career with a 2006 collection of fiction short stories under the title Instant Love. This was followed by two novels: The Kept Man (Riverhead, 2008) and the 2010 book The Melting Season. However, Attenberg’s literary breakthrough came in 2012 with her third novel, The Middlesteins, which became a New York Times best-seller. So here is the list of her novels that you must read.
The Melting Season
This book shows readers the power of friendship, how much of a thrill there is in self-discovery, and the strength it takes to escape the past. The plot of the book revolves around Catherine Madison, and it starts on her heading West with a suitcase full of cash, which we must remind you is not hers. She has left the only home she’s ever known, a town in Nebraska after her husband deserted her. The book explores different aspects of life through Madison’s journey, showing how running away from the past never helps.
This unique novel narrates the tale of a forgotten heroine of the 1930s. Introducing to the readers through this book is Mazie Phillips – a big-hearted and feisty woman who runs a famed movie theatre in the rundown Bowery district of New York City. But when the Great Depression hits, bringing homelessness with it, Mazie opens her theatre, providing shelter and dimes for food and booze. This earns her the nickname ‘Saint Mazie’. The book is inspired by Joseph Mitchell’s essay about Mazie in Up in the Old Hotel.
All Grown Up
The plot of the novel revolves around Andrea Bern, answering questions such as, who is Andrea Bern? This is the story of a woman in her 30s living in a happening city, passing through questions of life and love. But her life turns upside down when Andrea’s niece is born with a heartbreaking ailment. Through pain, the author has shown how a family is forced to reexamine their relation priorities.
A few of Jami Attenberg’s essays one can read have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Elle, and Lenny Letter. A few others of her books are All This Could Be Yours, Instant Love, and I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home.