Fleishman Is in Trouble (Hardback)Taffy Brodesser-Akner (author)
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A devastating critique of gender politics and female subjugation smuggled within the body of a grandstanding comic novel, Fleishman is in Trouble ripples with sharp wit and punchy prose. Far too accomplished to be mere polemic, Brodesser-Akner’s electric debut is bound for numerous Book of the Year lists.
Finally free from his nightmare of a marriage, Toby Fleishman is ready for a life of online dating and weekend-only parental duties. But as he optimistically looks to a future that is wildly different from the one he imagined, his life turns upside-down as his ex-wife, Rachel, suddenly disappears.
While Toby tries to find out what happened - juggling work, kids and his new, app-assisted sexual popularity - his tidy narrative of a spurned husband is his sole consolation. But if he ever wants to really understand where Rachel went and what really happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen it all that clearly in the first place . . .
A blistering satirical novel about marriage, divorce and modern relationships, by one of the most exciting new voices in American fiction.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 239 x 159 x 36 mm
'This book... is the most astonishingly brilliant Trojan horse of a novel. Begins as a hilarious, fast-paced tale of a middle-aged Manhattan man navigating fast sex culture of dating apps, ends as a gut-punch feminist text' - Dolly Alderton
'Sharp and wicked, insightful and funny, and then suddenly so touching' - David Nicholls
'Wonderful. Utterly blistering about how women have to live - a powerful feminist book wrapped with perfect stealth in a wildly entertaining, moving story' - Marian Keyes
'Here is a portrait of modern love and marriage that is blisteringly funny, wincingly painful, and - ultimately - both heartbreaking and humane. Fleishman Is in Trouble reminds me of the great novels of the 1960s and 1970s - 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). Taffy Brodesser-Akner can write the pants off any novelist out there. She's a star, and this book is a work of utter perfection' - Elizabeth Gilbert
'Fans of Taffy Brodesser-Akner's whipsmart profiles will not be disappointed by her debut novel. Extending the same heady cocktail of forensic observation, sardonic wit and cynicism mixed with zeitgeist, Brodesser Akner writes a novel for our times: what makes a marriage? A parent? A man? And when does it all end?' - Pandora Sykes
'I have just finished Fleishman Is in Trouble... and feel bereft. I read it too fast, because I couldn't stop, but can't bear that it's ended. It is a Great Novel (yes: cap G; Cap N). It has depth, wit, nuance and life. Heartbreaking and funny' - Nigella Lawson
'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
'So urgently modern and relevant... I kept turning down pages' - Hadley Freeman
'Chock full with humour and originality... It's a grown-up comedy that actually has far deeper things to say about love' - Stylist
'Excellent first novel by the New York Times super-interviewer' - The Sunday Times Magazine
'Smart and sassy but also dark and scabrous, fans of Maria Semple will love Fleishman Is in Trouble too.' - Red Online
'It's biting and bracing, and - like the best beach reads - offers unflinching insight into the unexplored depths of the human condition.' - Nylon
'Her debut novel takes her uncanny knack for articulating the human condition with incisive tenderness to new heights; Fleishman is in Trouble is a wisdom-packed story about modern relationships' - Porter
'A marvel, full of shrewd observations, barbed wit, and deep insight. Taffy Brodesser-Akner reveals the twisted hearts of her characters - and the twisted soul of contemporary America - with an eye that is at once pitiless and full of compassion for our human foibles. This is a remarkable debut novel from one of the most distinctive writers around' - Tom Perrotta
'You're going to want to read this one: Fleishman in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. I've long been a fan of Taffy's journalism; in fact, I relentlessly stalked her on social media and insisted that she become my friend. This novel is really special, reminiscent of Tom Perrotta's work . . . It centers on a man recently out of a marriage, but it's about everything - love, friendship, life, death. Or, to borrow what we will now call the Tayari Jones standard, a literary novel with a great plot' - Laura Lippman