Lionel Shriver discusses her new novel, Big Brother, about siblings, marriage, and obesity. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love, but her husband has begun to spurns the “toxic” dishes she makes and spends hours each day manically cycling. When Pandora’s brother comes to visit she doesn’t recognize him because he has gained hundreds of pounds. When he overstays his welcome, Pandora’s husband delivers an ultimatum: It’s him or me.
Lionel Shriver discusses her new novel, The New Republic, about a disgruntled New York corporate lawyer who becomes a foreign correspondent in a Portuguese province where a homegrown terrorist movement has sprung up. He thinks he is replacing the larger-than-life reporter he longs to emulate, who has disappeared, but all is not as it seems when the terrorist incidents dry up after that reporter’s disappearance.