Dense and sometimes humorous exploration of marriage. I was especially taken with the ambitious writing and storytelling--in the end, the story itself is nothing particularly new. But the insights and the dimensions to the lives of Rachel and Toby, all through Libby's lens, were deeply meaningful to me. This would be a great book group book for readers willing to challenge their own lives and marriages.— Susan
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 and the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband 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.
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.