Big Brother

Editorial reviews

Big Brother

The funny, ultimately redemptive story of a little sister devoting a year of her life to saving her brother’s.

Even if obesity were not so prominently in the news, having been newly designated a disease by the American Medical Association, “Big Brother” would have the power to provoke.

Pandora's longing to help her brother, combined with her desire to revive her struggling marriage, will ring true for many readers, as will her struggle to confront the shame of her brother's condition and her own fixations with food and dieting.

Big Brother is vintage Shriver — observant, unsettling, funny, but also, as Pandora admits, “Very, very sad.”

There's plenty to chew on in Big Brother.

All we can do is learn to live with the questions. I cannot imagine those questions being asked more forcefully, passionately, intelligently or kindly than they are in this book.

The fictional version of Shriver’s brother pales in comparison with his life.

Unlikeable but compelling.