Fleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Dr. Toby Fleishman wakes up each morning surrounded by women. Women who are self-actualized and independent and know what they want--and, against all odds, what they want is Toby. Who knew what kind of life awaited him once he finally extracted himself from his nightmare of a marriage? Who knew that there were women out there who would actually look at him with softness and desire? But just as the winds of his optimism are beginning to pick up, they're quickly dampened, and then extinguished, when his ex-wife, Rachel, suddenly disappears. Toby thought he knew what to expect when he moved out: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, tense co-parenting negotiations. He never thought that one day Rachel would just drop their children off at his place and never come back. As Toby tries to figure out what happened and what it means, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new, app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of a spurned husband is his sole consolation. But if Toby 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. A searing, funny, and electric debut from one of the most exciting writers working today, Fleishman Is In Trouble is an exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of both our great wariness and our great optimism"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525510871
Branch Call Number: FICTION Brodesser-Akner 2019
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 25 cm


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Jun 22, 2019

If you like reading artfully written prose by bitter, unhappy misandrists. This is your book. If you tend not to like misandrists and respect the male gender, you might not like this. Maybe, perhaps, Brodesser-Akner just wanted to write a book about the type of guy she finds disgusting, and she was not really writing from a misandrist point of view about men in general. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt (a book that has a male protagonist and a female (evil) antagonist isn't necessarily saying all women are bad, right?). Then I listened to her interview on NPR, and I knew. The clear impression after years of working for GQ and ESPN The Magazine, she felt she had fallen into this horrific liking of men and had somehow been brainwashed in that environment to like men as men. She broke free from the horrific men-liking environments of those magazines and became an incredibly high-paid staff writer for The New York Times - no doubt deservedly high-paid, she has incredibly artful and witty prose. But in her time with NYT, she seems to have come to believe that she was snookered into liking men at these men's magazines and she can clearly see now how horrible these men behave, she also admits she is obsessed with divorce (in large part because her parents divorced when she was young). So she set out to write a fiction book, about divorce, that snookered you into thinking the guy was an OK guy and his one-sided view of his wife was reasonable and so on, told through the point of view of one of his female friends... until [SPOILER ALERT??] she flips the script and has the female friend narrator become woke about what a pig this guy is - because all guys are pigs, right? Unfortunately, this book is pure misandry masquerading as some version of enlightened feminism (so enlightened, you should hate men and think masculinity is toxic). I've warned you. If you like the artfully written and witty prose, and do not mind marinading your mind in man-hating for a handful of hours - you might like this book. You just might feel like you need to find something to rinse your mind off after you are done.


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