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Fleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble


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

Sharp and wicked, insightful and funny, and then suddenly so touching’ DAVID NICHOLLS

‘This book is a work of utter perfection’ ELIZABETH GILBERT

‘Wonderful. Utterly blistering . . . A wildly entertaining, moving story’ MARIAN KEYES

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 . . .


‘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

‘[A] heady cocktail of forensic observation, sardonic wit and cynicism mixed with zeitgest . . . A novel for our times’ PANDORA SYKES

‘It is a Great Novel . . . It has depth, wit, nuance and life. Heartbreaking and funny’ NIGELLA LAWSON
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 17th June 2019

Price: £18.99

ISBN-13: 9781472267085


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
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
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
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
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
Firing on all circuits, from psychological insight to cultural acuity to narrative strategy to very smart humor. Quite a debut!
Kirkus (Starred Review)
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
Excellent first novel by the New York Times super-interviewer
Josh Glancy, The Sunday Times Magazine
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
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
So urgently modern and relevant . . . I kept turning down pages
Hadley Freeman
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
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, author of The Break
It's biting and bracing, and - like the best beach reads - offers unflinching insight into the unexplored depths of the human condition.
Kristin Iversen, 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
Chock full with humour and originality . . . It's a grown-up comedy that actually has far deeper things to say about love
Francesca Brown, Stylist
Smart and sassy but also dark and scabrous, fans of Maria Semple will love Fleishman Is in Trouble too.
Sarra Manning, Red Online
Sharp and wicked, insightful and funny, and then suddenly so touching
David Nicholls, author of One Day
Deftly done
Olivia Ovenden, Esquire UK