#Blogtour Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner @taffyakner @Wildfirebks @annecater #RandomThingsTours #FleishmanIsInTrouble

Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner Wildfire

Book Synopsis

A blistering satirical novel about marriage, divorce and modern relationships, by one of the most exciting new voices in American Fiction.
Finally free from his nightmare of a marriage, Toby Fleishman is ready for a life of Tinder dating and weekend-only parental duties. But as he optimistically looks to a future of few responsibilities, 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 . . .

My Review

Fleishman Is In Trouble was absolutely brilliant. Brodesser-Anker stole two days of my weekend as I read and absorbed the story of a marriage of a man, who felt he never quite measured up, never had enough ambition for a wife who only seemed intent on pursing wealth, to keep up with the rich persons who would advance her career and her place in New York society

Their impending divorce and her disappearance ultimately led to Toby’s indepth analysis of his life of his feeling that he somehow deserved better. And indeed you did feel sorry for him as he catalogued the failings of his wife to see him for who he was and to notice and love their children as much as she loved her job.

It could very easily have come across as self indulgent, but such was the quality of Brodesser-Anker’s narrative it was addictive and immersive. She took us back to Toby’s upbringing. his short height that in some sense acted as his crutch until he met Rachel. Rachel was the woman who appeared to offer him love, didn’t think about his height, their marriage seemed happy, his position as a doctor secure, and then gradually you could see the chinks, the chasm that grew between them.

We got Toby’s perspective on the what went wrong, wholly one sided, as he seemed to wallow in self pity, but also enjoyed his sexual freedom, used dating sites, and sexual encounters with abandon. It all felt like a phase he had to go through before home truths kicked in, a stall in his career made him stop and take stock.

Brodessar-Anker injected some perspective, Libby, Toby’s age old friend, the outsider, objective yet troubled by her own restlessness, life as a house wife not enough. Did she want to go back to her career, did she love her husband or was the grass greener in the outside world, the city, the working world.

Her relationship with Toby came under close scrutiny, they acted as each other’s sounding board as slowly they worked through their issues, as perspective crawled in and finally you felt decisions and acceptance could be near.

It’s hardly surprising that Fleishman Is In trouble appeared on the Women’s Prize Longlist. I don’t think there is another novel out there that has scrutinised marriage and relationships as brilliantly as Brodesser-Anker. I felt it was a commentary on modern day society, of our high expectations, of wanting so much yet left disappointed and lacking when life doesn’t match upto what we want.

I would like to thank Wildfire for a copy of Fleishman Is In Trouble to read and review and to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.

About the author

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She
has also written for GQ, ESPN the Magazine, and many other publications.
FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE is her first novel.
Twitter: @taffyakner
Website: taffyakner.com

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