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Wed, 8 July 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

Join the journalist and bestselling novelist whose delicious satire of modern love announces the arrival of a razor-sharp analyst of our absurd, troubled age.

A bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic, acclaimed as ‘a work of utter perfection’ (Elizabeth Gilbert), ‘pure brilliance’ (India Knight) and ‘the most astonishingly brilliant Trojan horse of a novel’ (Dolly Alderton), and ‘a maddening, unsettling masterpiece’ (NPR) Fleishman is in Trouble is the novel everyone is talking about – a blistering satire of marriage and divorce in the digital age that serves as a calling card for its wildly talented author, Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

Finally free from his nightmare of a marriage, Toby Fleishman is ready for a life of Tinder dating and weekend-only parental duties. But as he optimistically looks to a future of few responsibilities, 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 . . .

Don’t miss chance to meet a new voice of a generation from the comfort of your own home in this free livestream.

Praise for Taffy Brodesser-Akner:

“Here is a portrait of modern love and marriage that is blisteringly funny, searingly accurate, windingly painful and—ultimately—both heartbreaking and humane. Fleishman is In Trouble reminds me of the great novels of the 1960s and 1970s—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.) Taffy Brodesser-Akner can write the pants off any novelist out there. She’s a star, and this book is a work of utter perfection.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love

‘Wonderful. Utterly blistering . . . A wildly entertaining, moving story’ – Marian Keyes

‘Brimming with wisdom and utterly of this moment . . . Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut is that rare and delicious treat: a page turner with heft’ – Maria Semple

‘It is a Great Novel . . . It has depth, wit, nuance and life. Heartbreaking and funny’ – Nigella Lawson

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL
SHORTLISTED FOR THE FICTION: DÉBUT BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MCKITTERICK PRIZE 2020
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE/JOHN LEONARD AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK

This talk takes place at 6:30pm British Summer Time.

About Our Digital Programme:

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Author, journalist and staff writer for The New York Times Magazine.

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.  Fleischman is in Trouble is her first novel.

Hannah MacInnes

Times Radio presenter and host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.