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Recently separated Toby Fleishman is suddenly somehow and at age forty one short as ever surrounded by women who want him women who are self actualized women who are smart and interesting women who don't mind his height women who are eager to take him for a test drive with just the swipe of an app Toby doesn't mind being used in this way; it's a welcome change from the thirteen years he spent as a married man the thirteen ye Damn I wanted to like this novel Brodesser Akner is one of our greatest magazine feature writers and the reviews by people I trust have been near unanimous raves But I kind of hated itThere are many many sharp observations here about men women marriage divorce The prose is extremely uotable though nowhere near as funny as some readers have suggested the raunchy dating app material is mostly just sad But the problem for me isn t that literally every adult character except for the largely invisible narrator is unsympathetic it s the lack of universality in both the story and the relationship insights Brodesser Akner s characters all come from a narrow slice of wealthy social climbing NYNJ life these menwomenmarriagedivorce problems are very much Upper West Side menwomenmarriagedivorce problems And everyone here seems stuck Characters find themselves in time money crunches feeling neglected resentful of spouses friends co workers but those crunches are the product of choices choices that are neither inevitable nor permanent It s irritating that none of the characters seems to recognize that there are alternative ways of living communicating parenting Two thirds of the way through the novel I was dreading a radical eleventh hour perspective shift la Lauren Groff s Fates and Furies and sure enough it arrives and speeds through an alternate view of the story we ve just read intended to unsettle everything we thought with blocks of mostly undigested essay text on relationships again insightful stuff but not necessarily relevant Toby and Rachel s marriage is so unusual dysfunctional awful that viewing it from different angles yields limited returns notallmen notallwomen notallmarriages notalldivorces

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Ars of emotional neglect and contempt he's just endured Anthropologically speaking it's like nothing he ever experienced before particularly back in the 1990s when he first began dating and became used to swimming in the murky waters of rejectionBut Toby's new life liver specialist by day kids every other weekend rabid somewhat anonymous sex at night is interrupted when his ex wife suddenly disappears Either on a vision uest This witty crude comictragic contemporary story mostly worked for me A little shorter would have worked better a little less repetitiveness even betterBUTI LIKED IT I REALLY LIKED ITTruth was seeping through the seams while exploring marriage divorce friendships dating sexing colleagues children siblings money narcissism assholes annoyances anger selfishness entitlement play dates yoga clothes beef lo mein women of a certain age ramblings points of view from several characters communication challenges all in the context of being a touchy controversial novelI imagine readers thoughts are all over the place from disappointment to greatness and everything in between Personally I found this book to be better than my expectations I saw very low reviews come out the door fast So I wasn t expecting muchFor me it provokesself reflectionself depreciation and selfdefectionSome of the best parts are near the end twisting my thinking and purpose for the first half of the book Life is shortLife is validating affirmingLife lacks forgiveness Life is annoying infuriating Life is disorienting Life is flawed Life is loveModern life is complex with complicated dynamicsTaffy Brodesser Akner gives us a satire of the bare interior of marriage divorce and all the orgasms of life that come with it It s crazy it s light dark it s funny it s sadNot to everyone s tastebut it fit mine I enjoyed this fiction catastrophe Flawed flawed and flawed Fleishman is in Trouble gives us Toby Fleishman middle age a short 5 5 tall Jewish guyI ve heard short Jewish guy jokes much all my life I have a couple of very smart upper middle class short Jewish guy friends They do make me laughso at times I found Toby Fleishman fairly relatableOther times just obnoxiously annoyingSet in Manhattan the Hamptons and Israel 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 drop their two children off at his place and simply not return He had been working so hard to find euilibrium in his single life Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went while balancing work at the hospital his kids and his new sexual popularityHe also needs to seriously examine what went wrong in his marriage The dialogue is often crass with it s non stop sexual exploits Yet it s shrewdness and insightful wittiness was thought provoking I didn t find this novel ha ha hilarious but I did laugh I rolled my eyes on occasionbut I was very surprised when from time to time gut truthful sentences bounced off the page He couldn t see his own reflection in the mirror any As an aging past middle age womanI m not so sure I can see my reflection in the mirror any either Instead I reflect inward 45 for the entertaining inventive psychologically intriguing worthy insightful look at petty cruelties a look at me colliding with social changes

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Or a nervous breakdown Toby doesn't know she won't answer his texts or callsIs Toby's ex just angry like always Is she punishing him yet again for not being the bread winner she was As he desperately searches for her while juggling his job and parenting their two unraveling children Toby is forced to reckon with the real reasons his marriage fell apart and to ask if the story he has been telling himself all this time is tru Man there s a lot of sex in this book It feels like it s on every page I wasn t offended by it it just bored me If Toby Fleishman is not scrolling through revealing pics over horny older women on a dating app he s thinking about the last time he banged his horrible ex wife or when he might bang her next His friends are no different Libby is supposed to be the sensible voice of reason but she s still thinking about the affair she had with her first editor And Seth is a total ladies man just for some variation I was almost relieved when we got to a scene with Toby s kids Surely they ll have something else going in their lives I thought to myself Nope Eight year old Solly gets busted for looking up girl bagina on the family computerDo people really think about sex this much All day every day Sure it crosses my mind every now and then but I m mostly thinking about whether my football team will win the next game or the amazing sandwich I had for lunch And that s not the only repetitive aspect of the narrative if I had to read one reference to Toby s heightI suppose the book has some interesting things to say about marriage and the fact that there are two sides to every story But I couldn t really bring myself to care about any of the self absorbed characters and their first world problems I suppose I just expected from one of the most hyped novels of the year


10 thoughts on “Fleishman Is in Trouble

  1. says:

    This is indeed a very readable novel with really interesting characters There are a lot of people in their early forties having mid life crises in this novel And I was really interested in those crises as they are very interesting The prose is so dense almost too dense at times This is one of those novels where there is so much s

  2. says:

    Damn I wanted to like this novel Brodesser Akner is one of our greatest magazine feature writers and the reviews—by people I trust—have been near unanimous raves But I kind of hated itThere are many many sharp observations here about men women marriage divorce The prose is extremely uotable though nowhere ne

  3. says:

    Believe the hype “Fleishman Is in Trouble” is even better than we were promised Taffy Brodesser Akner a New York Times Magazine writer brings to her first novel the currency of a hot dating app and the wisdom of a Greek tragedy The result is 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 offAs the story opens life soun

  4. says:

    Fleishman is in Trouble is the kind of book that makes a mockery of the 5 star rating system Here is a novel that is eual parts highl

  5. says:

    This witty crude comictragic contemporary story ‘mostly’ worked for me A little shorter would have worked better a little less repetitiveness even betterBUTI LIKED IT I REALLY LIKED ITTruth was seeping through the sea

  6. says:

    Find all of my reviews at makes a book literary fiction Dense writing Bogged down in unnecessary details Filled with unlikeable people Repetitive Too many pages for the subject matter being tackled Pretention An author who has a day job at the New Yorker Beat you over the head super preachy but trying to be cleverly hidden social commentary A narrator who feels like an afterthought the majority of the time and who jumps the trai

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    Fleishman is in Trouble is a incisive sharply observed and humorous novel that examines the nature and anatomy of a American marriage family divorce and identity at the privileged end of the social and economic spectrum set in New York The Jewish middle aged hepatologist Toby Fleishman and his wife Rachel are getting divorced retaining joint

  8. says:

    Man there's a lot of sex in this book It feels like it's on every page I wasn't offended by it it just bored me If Toby Fleishman is not scrolling through revealing pics over horny older women on a dating app he's thinking about the last time he banged his horrible ex wife or when he might bang her next His friends are no different Libby is supposed to be the sensible voice of reason but she's still thinking about the affair she h

  9. says:

    I’m not saying stories about the marital and financial angst of people who make well over six figures and choose voluntarily to live in New York are by nature dull and exhausting but wow this one was In this novel it se

  10. says:

    So much to think about here This is a book of many layers a book that keeps on giving Brodesser Akner has so many astute observations about marriage and being a woman particularly interesting is her thesis that a story must be told through the perspective of a man to be taken seriously Then she uses her skills as a writer to do just that beginning her tale through Toby a man's eyes who is going through a divorce and using a constellation o