Reviews for Fleishman Is In Trouble
"Believe the hype. Fleishman Is in Trouble is even better than we were promised."
— THE WASHINGTON POST
"...a maddening, unsettling masterpiece..."
"...enthralling...Fleishman Is In Trouble will occasionally make you angry at the things the people in it do, but mostly it will make you hungry for whatever Brodesser-Akner is going to write next."
— ROLLING STONE
”…witty and well-observed...Brodesser-Akner has written a potent, upsetting and satisfying novel"
— THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A New York journalist’s debut recalls Franzen or Roth – but is much more than just another wannabe Great American Novel.”
— THE GUARDIAN
“Infusing candor, humor and social commentary, this book holds up a mirror to all of us, demanding that we take a hard look at how we live and how we love.”
— ASSOCIATED PRESS
“Firing on all circuits, from psychological insight to cultural acuity to narrative strategy to very smart humor. Quite a debut!”
— KIRKUS REVIEWS (starred)
“Shrewd and delectable, this would be a novel to savor, if it were possible to put down.”
— BOOKLIST (starred)
“Brodesser-Akner, a Michelangelo of magazine profiles…writes with a thrilling swagger…”
— THE NEW YORKER
“The novel—a debut by New York Times Magazine staff writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner—is an energetic, funny midlife crisis story, moored in the so-called First World problems of putatively successful American Jews.”
"How miserable is too miserable? Taffy Brodesser-Akner poses the question and successfully mines it for laughs in her first novel."
— MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE
"When [Taffy Brodesser-Akner] writes a book about modern heterosexual marriage, you don’t roll your eyes; you clear your schedule. "
— THE HUFFINGTON POST
“This is a sardonically cheerful novel that readers will adore.”
— PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY
"....it will come as no surprise that her debut novel is an incisive, rousing success."
— THE DAILY BEAST
“A fast-paced, bighearted romp ….Fleishman Is In Trouble reads so smoothly, you'll want to speed right through, but it's in your best interest to slow down — lest you miss any of the quick barbs or droll asides that make this book so utterly delectable.”
“…a story peppered with Brodesser-Akner’s shrewd, keen, cutting observations and wildly engaging prose. Ambitious and funny.”
“Run don't walk to your credit card and buy Fleishman Is in Trouble. …..Taffy's witty debut novel is one I'll be lending to my friends and annoyingly forcing them to read.”
“It's biting and bracing, and—like the best beach reads—offers unflinching insight into the unexplored depths of the human condition.”
“Certainly, she is fluent in the verbal tics, hypocrisies and eccentricities of the milieu she skewers, but Brodesser-Akner’s style is entirely her own: quick, modern, laconic and laugh-out-loud funny. “
— EVENING STANDARD
“She creates a page-turner as insightful as it is impossible to put down.”
"...a truly masterful and often poignant examination of marriage and identity in midlife, as well as a brilliant example of how to structure a novel in surprising and innovative ways."
“That’s the Taffy Brodesser-Akner trick, the thing that makes her profiles so clear-eyed and important, the thing that lifts her divorce novel head and shoulders above so many others in its genre: She is always willing to extend her empathy to people we are trained to believe are not worthy of our consideration.”
“Just wow. This is definitely going to be one of the buzziest — if not the buzziest — book of the summer, and it does not disappoint.”
— HEY ALMA
“Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s sharp debut novel is packed with humor and heart.”
— SOUTHERN LIVING
“Anyone who has followed Akner’s illustrious career…will know she was destined to write a good book one day. Well, that day has arrived, and it’s just as blisteringly funny as you’d expect it to be…”
— SHEER LUXE
“Brodesser-Akner is a terrifically funny writer.”
— JEWISH EXPONENT
“Insightful, disturbing, and at times amusing.”
— LIBRARY JOURNAL
“All in all, Fleishman is in Trouble is an astute look at the complexities of long term relationships—both romantic and platonic—and what it means to grow and change while simultaneously staying devoted and committed.”
“Best known for her award-winning celebrity profiles…Brodesser-Akner turns to fiction with this stimulating debut.”
— ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“…a highly entertaining novel about 40-something foibles, but it also delivers a piercing message about just how much within a relationship is prone to misinterpretation.”
— USA TODAY
“Debuts like this don’t come along very often.”
— EVENING STANDARD
“Taffy Brodesser-Akner has enough empathy for everyone – whether they’re navigating marriage, identity, capitalism, gender norms, and the 21st Century measures of success we’re all taught to aspire to.”
— THE FACE
“....it’s a grown-up comedy that actually has far deeper things to say about love.”
“Fleishman Is in Trouble was published 2 weeks ago. It’s already on the Times bestseller list. It’s about to be the hot novel of the summer. Skip it at your peril.”
— THE GOOD MEN PROJECT
“..tension runs through Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s ripper of a novel, Fleishman Is In Trouble…”
"Smart and sassy but also dark and scabrous..."
“…as a detailed examination of midlife crisis, in which the author also gleefully eviscerates a certain kind of wealthy Manhattanite lifestyle, it is playful, furious and occasionally heart-breaking.
“There is too much that is difficult and splendid in Fleishman is in Trouble to express in one review.”
— WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Podcasts & Radio
'Fleishman is in Trouble:' A Novel About Marriage, Divorce, and Gender Equality — PRESS PLAY WITH MADELINE BRAND
Talking Fame, Trauma and Fiction with Taffy Brodesser-Akner — FT CULTURE CALL
Taffy Brodesser-Akner on the Impossibility of Having It All — THE MARIS REVIEW
Feeding Fleishman — UNORTHODOX
Episode 56 — 5 THINGS WITH LISA BIRNBACH
Taffy Brodesser-Akner and Kathleen Alcott — WRITERS ON WRITING
Why It Took 13 Years to Finally Feel Married — THE CUT ON TUESDAYS
Behold the Power of the Squad — HYSTERIA
Fleishman Is In Trouble — WNYC, ALL OF IT WITH ALLISON STEWART
Fleishman Is In Trouble: A Debut About Divorce, Dating And Disappearance — NPR, WEEKEND EDITION WITH SCOTT SIMON
Novelist Taffy Brodesser-Akner On Marriage, Divorce and How We're All Unreliable Narrators — CBC RADIO, THE SUNDAY EDITION
Episode #350 — LONGFORM PODCAST
Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner on Gwyneth Paltrow, Fleishman Is in Trouble, and Divorce in the Age of Tinder — RECODE DECODE
Taffy Brodesser-Akner Talks About Her First Novel — THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
A Debut Novel On The State Of Marriage – And Divorce — DIANE REHM
Taffy Brodesser-Akner Doesn’t Care What You’re Wearing — THE GIST WITH MIKE PESCA
Episode #126 — LONGFORM PODCAST
Episode #9 — WRITE ABOUT NOW
Episode #6 — THE SUNDAY LONGREAD PODCAST