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When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. In the four years since the siblings last saw each other, the once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?

And it’s not just the weight. Imposing himself on Pandora’s world, Edison breaks her husband Fletcher’s handcrafted furniture, makes overkill breakfasts for the family, and entices her stepson not only to forgo college but to drop out of high school.

After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me. Putting her marriage and adopted family on the line, Pandora chooses her brother, who, without her support in losing weight, will surely eat himself into an early grave.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The fellowship of Lionel Shriver fanatics is about to grow larger, so to speak. Big Brother, a tragicomic meditation on family and food, may be her best book yet.”

    Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

  • “Shriver has a knack for conveying subtle shifts in family dynamics…Shriver offers some sage observations…Yet her main gift as a novelist is a talent for coolly nailing down uncomfortable realities.”


  • “An intelligent meditation on food, guilt, and the real (and imagined) debts we owe the ones we love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Shriver brilliantly explores the strength of sibling bonds versus the often more fragile ties of marriage.”


  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2013 Huffington Post Best Book
  • A Booklist Top 10 in June 2013
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, June 2013
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: 10 Best Novels for Summer Reading, 2013
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book
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About the Author
Author Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose books include Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

Alice Rosengard is a film actor and narrator who was shortlisted for the 2010 APAC New Narrator Award. She is known for her readings of Big Brother, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, and The Love of My Youth. She resides in the greater New York City area.