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 1,196 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • “A masterpiece” (NPR) about marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition

Now an Emmy Award–nominated FX limited series on Hulu, starring Claire Danes, Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, and Adam Brody

ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Entertainment Weekly, The New York Public Library
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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 • Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for Best First Book


  • Incredible!

    By Britt Flint
    Couldn’t put this down. Witty, smart, urgent writing.
  • Verbose

    By russ kram
    Rambling,verbose Great if you are a shrink or involved with divorce proceedings
  • Must read

    By renatatpires
    Amazing story, beautifully written.
  • Good but Long

    By BelovedBrandy11
    This book is good in the sense that the characters progress, solid plot, and it’s relatable to anyone who is married/divorced or has children. It is pretty long for the type of book it is though.
  • Drawn Out

    By Roymeshia
    took forever to get to the point. I am okay with 3rd person but it took this book forever to get to the point and I got tired opf hearing about his sexual thoughts and escapades from the beginning. Me and my book club ultimately canned it and decided to read something else.
  • Yes!!!!

    By Smiling65
    Loved it. Truly appreciated it when I completed it. Sometimes funny. Always spot-on.
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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.