Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel

Written by:
Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Narrated by:
Allyson Ryan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2019
14 hours 36 minutes
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
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Patricia V.

I did not like the main character, which may have been the point of the book. I really just did not favor him at all

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I hated this book from the first minute to the last. Never have I read a more depressing, ridiculous book. I’m not even sure why I finished it. It was a total waste of time!

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The story was ordinary and very often predictable. The sex and sex language was not needed. The only likable character was the young son. I finished feeling empty and like I wasted my time. The narrator was decent.

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Linda M.

This is not the usual type of story that I read or listen to. It is light, very light reading/listening but that was what I needed at the time. It provided an interesting storyline and showed the man/woman thing from each side, I thought, fairly. There was a little too much riske internet dating info for me personally, more because it became boring as much as it being offensive. The reader was good but she was never able to do a male voice in a convincing way - I didn't expect her to sound like a man when speaking the words of a male character, but she just dropped her voice and it didn't work. That was off-putting. If you want to listen to a story that isn't intricate or profound, then this is the one for you.

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