Review: Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Title: Fleishman is in Trouble

Author: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Pages: 373 Pages

Publisher: Headline

The Blurb

Finally free from his nightmare marriage, Toby Fleishman is ready for a life of online dating and weekend-only parental duties. But as he optimistically looks to a future that is wildly different from the one he imagined, 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 . . .

The Review

I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I began reading Fleishman was in Trouble but quickly realised that I was in for a bit of a ride. It is the story of recently divorced Toby Fleishman who wakes up one morning to find that his ex-wife has sneaked the children into his apartment and has disappeared. What happens next is a funny series of events and watching as Toby struggles to find his pace as a single father. 

Fleishman is in Trouble is very much a character driven novel as not much actually happens throughout the story however we do delve into our main characters life, his way of thinking and the ennui he feels about being an adult. 

It was an interesting story but it was often hard to empathise with Toby and there were times when I questioned his decisions. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

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