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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Just the sort of thing that Philip Roth or John Updike might have produced in their prime (except, of course, that the author understands women).”—Elizabeth Gilbert 
 
“This is a remarkable debut from one of the most distinctive writers around.”—Tom Perrotta
 
A finely observed, timely exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition from one of the most exciting writers working today

Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.

As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place.

A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope.

Praise for Fleishman Is in Trouble

“Blisteringly funny, feverishly smart, heartbreaking, and true, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an essential read for anyone who’s wondered how to navigate loving (and hating) the people we choose.”—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest

“From its opening pages, Fleishman Is in Trouble is shrewdly observed, brimming with wisdom, and utterly of this moment. Not until its explosive final pages are you fully aware of its cunning ferocity. Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut is that rare and delicious treat: a page-turner with heft.”—Maria Semple

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
June 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
4.2
MB

Customer Reviews

stl_reader ,

deeply thoughtful and so entertaining

This book is exceedingly insightful, masterfully written and ridiculously enjoyable. It’s about sexism, sex, classism, women in the workplace, aging, parenting, the divisive undercurrent of the at-home vs. working mom debate. It’s about marriage. It’s about choices. It is a substantial literary work wrapped up in a juicy tale of an ugly divorce. I devoured it over the course of a weekend. Now I need to find some kind of discussion board for this book because I don’t want to wait for book club to discuss.

Artymusician ,

Fleishman Is In Trouble

This was another Gone Girl book, and I skipped most of it.

jazzyleilani ,

Hits beautifully on women’s issues

Especially for a book whose main character is a dude. Really really impressive debut from a wonderful writer.