Fleishman Is in Trouble Book By Taffy Brodesser-Akner [PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download]

Fleishman is in trouble is a 2019 novel by American writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. The debut novel was published on June 18, 2019, by Random House. It tells the story of a Manhattan couple undergoing a bitter divorce.

Book Details
Originally published: June 18, 2019
Genres: Humour, Satire, Domestic Fiction

Book Summary
Toby, a 41-year-old hepatologist, is bitterly divorcing his wife Rachel, a successful talent agent in New York. One day, he leaves his children, 11-year-old Hannah and 9-year-old Solly, at Toby's house without warning while he is still sleeping and leaves. She does not respond to text messages or calls from him during the following weeks. The story, narrated by Libby, a friend of Toby University, former writer of a men's magazine, follows their lives during this period and the events that led to the collapse of their 14-year marriage, as well as the reflections of Libby's own life.

Book Review
Fleishman Is in Trouble is a remarkable work of ventriloquism by the New York Times journalist, best known for her revealing profile interviews with people like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jonathan Franzen. Taffy Brodesser-Akner's debut is apparently the story of Toby Fleishman, a 41-year-old hepatologist whose separated wife Rachel leaves her children at 4 am one night and then, with an informal text message, disappears from their lives. Toby is an angry man, and understandably bitter about Rachel's selfish hostility, but he was a little glad that, since it was the last single, there are suddenly online dating. All of New York is "full of women who wanted him ... Women who would fuck you because they owed you money." It's a promising start, especially for Franzen or Philip Roth fans, or the type of contemporary writer that can often be found on the list for the Bad Sex in Fiction award. But Fleishman Is in Trouble is much smarter than an aspiring Great American Novel written by another intelligent man.

What Brodesser-Akner has achieved here is to quietly reveal the souls of women in history.
The story is told mainly in the third person, with Toby as his center and hero. It is written as if it were casual but densely full of backstory and digression; A chapter may begin with making pancakes for a preteen daughter sullen, then skillfully lead to the theory of love, betrayal, honor, desire and block the universe, before returning neatly to where it began, as articles often do. journals.

At first, however, the narrator begins to intrude into the story, first with a "we", and then an "I" and an "I". The narrator is Libby, an old friend who met Toby when they were 20 years old during a "third-year abroad" in Israel, but who has lost contact since they got married and had children. It is she who describes Toby's marriage, it could be any marriage, only very occasionally inserted into the narrative. We learned that Libby was a journalist in a men's magazine; which resembles all other mothers in the association of fathers and teachers; that she is a mother who stays at home and who reluctantly misses her paid work while recognizing that motherhood at home is the easiest option. “Now that I stay at home, I can say it out loud. But now that I don't work, nobody is listening. "

Brodesser-Akner shows great skill when Libby, the narrator, adopts Toby's perspective to judge the women in his life, from his dominant mother to his cruel ex-wife and antagonistic daughter. (Libby's own voice, when we hear it, is quite different). Toby has a tendency to look at people as a doctor. He meets "a blonde with the kind of nose job done so early in her teens that columella nasi dripped from under the septum tower." Your phone constantly rings with images offered of necklines, thongs, and butts without a body, and even begins to fall in love, until you see it in daylight.

At no time does the novel show less sympathy for Toby's position, as he navigates through work and sex (both sex), as well as the anguish and social crises of his children. However, seeing the world through their eyes is not that they really like women. As a scared and overweight little boy, pushed to a Weight Watchers meeting for adults, he remembers how "he heard a room full of sad women talk about how unkind they were and how temporary they felt in their bodies," and he was disgusted by them. Toby, through Libby, realizes his marriage and Rachel's failure within him, which is so convincing that his absence, calculating, socializing wife could never begin to defend himself. And yet, in a final section, also narrated by Libby, it does, and it is devastating.

In the end, Libby is also revealed. She has been disappointed in life. For his aged body. For the roles she chose and those assigned to her. But as a former journalist, she is tired of hearing about women's disappointment. Interviewing women, "it was the same story, which does not mean it was not important. But it was boring," he confesses. "The first time I interviewed a man, I understood that we were talking about something more similar to the soul ... [Then] I imposed my narrative on theirs ... I wrote about my problems through them ... Trojan horses introduce you to a man, and people would give a shit about me ... My voice only came alive when I was talking about someone else.

What Brodesser-Akner has achieved here, by trojan over Toby's point of view, is quietly revealing the souls of women in history. But more than that, to show that all the stories, about marriage, love, loss, hope, and disappointment, are really universal. Libby believes that "all humans are essentially equal, but only some of us, men, were allowed to be without apology." This is an honest, powerful human story, without apology. And it will make the "American novel" a power of good.

About the Author
Taffy Brodesser-Akner is editor of the New York Times magazine. Before that, his work appeared in GQ, ESPN the Magazine, Matter, Details, Texas Monthly, Outside, Self, Cosmopolitan and many other publications. Fleishman is in trouble is his first novel.
Taffy Brodesser-Akner is the editor of the New York Times and a contributor to the Arts section of the newspaper. She is the author of "Fleishman is in trouble" and the next "Long Island Commitment".