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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

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

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

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

Sharp and wicked, insightful and funny, and then suddenly so touching - David Nicholls, author of One Day

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 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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

You're going to want to read this one . . . 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 - Sunburn --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"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

"When his ex drops the kids off and doesn't come back, a father of two revisits the choices that led to this moment. He searches for answers, hilariously and heartbreakingly avoiding the darkest questions. Brodesser-Akner's debut is a referendum on marriage, friendship, and how we live (and love) right now."--People

"Whip-smart, gleefully scatological . . . [Brodesser-Akner] aims a perfect gimlet eye at the city's relentless self-regard. . . . But her best trick may be the novel's narrator: An elusive presence identified at first only as an old friend of Toby's from their study-abroad days, she turns out to be both the book's Trojan horse and--in a brilliant third-act pivot--its greatest gift, transforming a fizzy comedy of manners into something genuinely, unexpectedly profound."--Entertainment Weekly

"Many novelists have written excellent fictional indictments of interpersonal and systemic sexism. Not since Teju Cole's Open City--a very different book in all other respects--has a novelist put the reader on the wrong side the way Brodesser-Akner does. To do so, she uses a lot of intelligence, a lot of anger, a great sense of humor and a whole new variation on the magic we know from her magazine work. The result is a maddening, unsettling masterpiece, and, yes, you will be moved and inexplicably grateful at the end."--NPR

"In her witty and well-observed debut, Taffy Brodesser-Akner updates the miserable-matrimony novel, dropping it squarely in our times. . . . Brodesser-Akner has written a potent, upsetting and satisfying novel, illustrating how the marital pledge--build our life together--overlooks a key fact: There are two lives."--The New York Times Book Review

"Electric . . . Brodesser-Akner's first foray into fiction--set in Manhattan, the Hamptons, and Israel--is funny, stylish, and insightful, whether describing men's challenged communication skills or the knife juggler's agility required to maintain a modern marriage."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Taffy Brodesser-Akner's sharp debut novel is packed with humor and heart. In it, the titular trouble begins when Toby Fleishman realizes that Rachel--his wife of 15 years, from whom he's now separated--is missing. Where has she gone, and why? This book will have you racing through the pages to find the answers."--Southern Living

"Everything you could wish for in a satisfying summer read . . . Taffy Brodesser-Akner's page-turner doubles as a satirical take on modern relationships."--Women's Health --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but Fleishman Is Boring, Juvenile and a DNF @ 54/373 pages gone. Fleishman's getting binned!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good writer who needed a much better editor
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, sex-obsessed with un-relatable characters
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is what men must seem like to a woman who's never met one. Very poor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
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4.0 out of 5 stars A curate's egg of a novel
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, not a patch on Wolfe
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