Lionel Shriver is known for bringing a brutally honest perspective to current events in her newspaper columns and fiction. Her latest novel, "Big Brother," examines our complex contemporary attitudes toward food and body size. It's the story of a 40-year-old woman caught between a fitness freak husband and a morbidly obese brother. She must chose whether to risk her marriage or try to save her brother from eating himself to death. The author’s own brother died from weight-related complications four years ago. We talk about America’s preoccupation with food and how it affects all our relationships.
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Excerpted with permission from "Big Brother" by Lionel Shriver. Available from Harper. Copyright © 2013. All rights reserved.