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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jami Attenberg  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1971 in Arlington Heights, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Jami lived in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jami Attenberg is the author of Instant Love, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, and The Middlesteins. She has contributed to The New York Times, Salon, and numerous other publications. Jami has lived all over these United States from Portland, Oregon to Tampa, Florida, including Baltimore, MD., where she got a degree from Johns Hopkins University in Writing Seminars.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Instant love :
ISBN: 0307337839. OCLC Number:

Three River Press,. New York :. ©2007.

Told through the eyes of three young women and their friends and lovers, Instant Love explores what it means to be in love, what it means to be lonely, and what it means to be both at the same time. Holly turns to computer dating to find love even as she thinks wistfully of a former boyfriend who loved her well and fed her ice cream. Maggie recounts the story of her one crazy summer to her disbelieving husband and feels the distance between them grow wider than the void across their king-sized bed. And Sarah Lee remembers the one who got away and the one she ran away from, all the while moving toward the one she can actually love. As Holly, Maggie, and Sarah Lee move through the rituals of modern love, they have to decide who is worth taking a chance on in a world where things don't fall into place easily, people are often difficult, and disappointment is the rule. Through their stories, Attenberg presents a rare, honest look at love.

The kept man /
ISBN: 1594483515. OCLC Number:

Riverhead Books,. New York :. 2009.

Six years after her beloved artist husband falls into a coma, Jarvis Miller comes to accept the inevitability of his death, finds new friendships, and discovers evidence of a shocking betrayal in a hidden box of photographs.

The melting season /
ISBN: 1594488967. OCLC Number:

Riverhead Books,. New York :. 2010.

Catherine Madison is headed West with a suitcase full of cash that isn't hers. She's just left the only home she's ever known, a small town in Nebraska, after the only man she had ever known, her husband, Thomas, deserted her. She's also left behind her deepest, most shameful secrets-among them a dysfunctional family she's never quite been able to escape and a marriage whose most intimate moments have plagued her with self-doubt. On the road, she was going to become a new person. Or so she thought. But running away from the past isn't as easy as she had hoped. When Catherine reaches Las Vegas, she forms surprising new friendships that compel her to reveal what she had sworn she'd keep hidden, and teach her what human connection really means. Armed with this new knowledge, she is finally emboldened to uncover the truth about her family, come to understand what destroyed her marriage, and prevent her troubled sister from repeating her mistakes.

The Middlesteins /
ISBN: 1455507210. OCLC Number:

Grand Central Pub.,. New York :. 2012.

Two siblings with very different personalities attempt to take control of their mother's food obsession and massive weight gain to save her life after their father walks out and leaves her reeling in the Chicago suburbs.

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