Topping my summer reading list is “Fleishman is in Trouble”, a novel by writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner which comes out June 18th. I may be biased since I am friends with the author, but the book is also garnering rave reviews from literati like Elizabeth Gilbert, who described it as “Just the sort of thing that Philip Roth or John Updike might have produced in their prime (except, of course, that the author understands women).” I’ve read an early draft and if I had been a book editor, I would have published it right then and there, but since I’m not, I will bet that this witty look at a Manhattan marriage gone sour is going to be even more hilarious and more moving than anything I have read. Brodesser-Akner is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, and although this is her first novel, you have most likely lapped up all of her profiles like this one on GOOP and her takedown of the mall chain, Jared’s Jewelers, or her latest piece on the significance of Gen X classic, The Rules. Everything she writes breaks the internet, and this novel will be no exception.
Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Published by Random House, June 18th, 2019.