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Fleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble

‘The most astonishingly brilliant Trojan horse of a novel’ DOLLY ALDERTON

‘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

ONE OF ESQUIRE UK’S ‘BOOKS WE CAN’T WAIT TO READ IN 2019’ AND LITERARY HUB’S ‘MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019’

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

‘Brimming with wisdom and utterly of this moment . . . Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut is that rare and delicious treat: a page turner with heft’ MARIA SEMPLE

‘It is a Great Novel . . . It has depth, wit, nuance and life. Heartbreaking and funny’ NIGELLA LAWSON

‘Excellent first novel from the New York Times super-interviewer’ THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE

‘A marvel, full of shrewd observations, barbed wit, and deep insight . . . a remarkable debut novel from one of the most distinctive writers around’ TOM PERROTTA
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 18th June 2019

Price: £18.99

ISBN-13: 9781472267085

Reviews

Firing on all circuits, from psychological insight to cultural acuity to narrative strategy to very smart humor. Quite a debut!
Kirkus (Starred Review)
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, Little Children
Excellent first novel by the New York Times super-interviewer
Josh Glancy, The Sunday Times Magazine
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, Sunburn
Blisteringly funny, feverishly smart, heart-breaking 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, The Nest
Known for her often-viral profiles of figures ranging from Gwyneth Paltrow to Tom Hiddleston, New York Times writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner's debut novel is eagerly awaited by her hordes of internet fans
Esquire UK (The Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2019)
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
Brilliantly smart
Pandora Sykes
This glorious debut has the humor of Maria Semple, the heart of Meg Wolitzer, the lustiness of Philip Roth, and a voice that is pure. It's wild and wonderful and goes in so many directions, each with profundity - my favorite thing that novels can do. How does one's favorite journalist become one's new favorite novelist? With this book
Emma Straub, The Vacationers
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, Where'd You Go, Bernadette
I am a huge fan of Brodesser-Akner's razor sharp-yet-compassionate, delightfully self-deprecating profiles (if haven't read her excellent piece on Gwyneth Paltrow, please do so immediately), so I can't wait to read her debut novel. Its protagonist is a divorcé whose wife disappears one day, leaving him to navigate full-time parenthood as well as the mystery of where she's gone. I have no doubt it will be hilarious, painful, and gorgeous
Literary Hub (Most Anticipated Books of 2019)
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, author of Eat, Pray, Love
So urgently modern and relevant . . . I kept turning down pages
Hadley Freeman
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, author of Everything I Know About Love