Fleishman Is in Trouble - Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fleishman Is in Trouble

By Taffy Brodesser-Akner

  • Release Date: 2019-06-18
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4
From 579 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “A feminist jeremiad nested inside a brilliant comic novel—a book that makes you laugh so hard you don’t notice till later that your eyebrows have been singed off.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY AND THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Time The Washington Post Vogue • NPR • Chicago TribuneGQ • ElleReal Simple • Good Housekeeping Marie Claire • The Dallas Morning News • Kirkus Reviews BookPage BookRiot Shelf Awareness

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.

Alma’s Best Jewish Novel of the Year

“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


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  • Fleishman Is In Trouble

    By Artymusician
    This was another Gone Girl book, and I skipped most of it.
  • deeply thoughtful and so entertaining

    By stl_reader
    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.
  • Hits beautifully on women’s issues

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

    By Dale18wed
    Well written. Started out great but kind of fizzled out.
  • Drown yourself in this novel and come back for the air to be different

    By Rockbuff
    Mind blowing. Fabulous. The most insightful journey that generations will think was written about them. If you start this book, nothing will make you stop. Nothing is better than devouring this brilliant novel. Raw. Honest. Wicked. Smart.