Mrs. Fletcher

Mrs. Fletcher

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"From one of the most popular and bestselling authors of our time, a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America's culture wars. Eve Fletcher is trying to figure out what comes next. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved only child has just left for college, Eve is struggling to adjust to her empty nest when one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, "U R my MILF!" Over the months that follow, that message comes to obsess Eve. While leading her all-too-placid life--serving as Executive Director of the local senior center by day and taking a community college course on Gender and Society at night--Eve can't curtail her own interest in a porn website called, which features the erotic exploits of ordinary, middle-aged women like herself. Before long, Eve's online fixations begin to spill over into real life, revealing new romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence. Meanwhile, miles away at the state college, Eve's son Brendan--a jock and aspiring frat boy--discovers that his new campus isn't nearly as welcoming to his hard-partying lifestyle as he had imagined. Only a few weeks into his freshman year, Brendan is floundering in a college environment that challenges his white-dude privilege and shames him for his outmoded, chauvinistic ideas of sex. As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in morally fraught situations that come to a head on one fateful November night. Sharp, witty, and provocative, Mrs. Fletcher is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they're no longer sure of who they are or where they belong"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501144028
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 24 cm


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Petehere99 Jul 21, 2020

Are you looking for a fun paperback novel to cap off your summer? Please give Tom Perrotta's 'Mrs. Fletcher' your consideration. Mrs. Fletcher is divorced, 46, and now an empty-nester. Her son, Brendan, is a freshman at college who's not quite ready to give up his bro/jock reputation earned at high school. While he takes baby steps toward a more enlightened way of life, Mrs. Fletcher, or Eve, goes back to school herself in search, or really anything to escape the drudgery of another Saturday night at home. Boy does she find it. Mrs. Fletcher is as fresh as today's 'me too' headlines. It's funny, touching, and something you'll remember this summer and beyond.

Nov 06, 2019

Checked this book out after hearing about it on NPR.
What a disappointment.
Don’t waste your time on this one.

Jun 18, 2019

I usually love Tom Perrotta, but this was very meh to me. I enjoy his take on the underbelly of suburbia, but I felt like I had read this all before, and there wasn't anything particularly shocking or new here. I continue to read anything new he puts out and keep trying to get through The Leftovers.

May 13, 2019

This novel unfolds over a year of time for Eve, the titular Mrs. Fletcher, and the many people that orbit her life. In no particular order of importance, there is: Brendan her douchebag, college-aged son, Amanda her adventurous yet lonely coworker, Margo her transgender professor, and so on. The relationships and friendships span out farther to Brendan's girlfriends and friends, Eve's friends in her 'Gender and Society' class (which Margo teaches), and the complex orbital dance is revealed the farther along the novel is narrated by these various characters, all told in close third-person except for Brendan, who narrates weirdly enough in first-person.

Where the novel excels is the voyeuristic way the various narratives reveal that, even when they all get to know each other or reveal what they already know about their friends and families, they really don't know them as well as they think they do. For instance, Eve doesn't know just how misogynistic her son really is or the depths of his narcissism. Her idea of him is as outdated as his love for Teenage Ninja Turtles. But in the same way that people-watching fascinates some people, the unfiltered view into these characters lives--sometimes sexy, sometimes intimately confessional--is enthralling at times.

But the novel's strength is also its weakness, being too concerned about their internal lives and less concerned about serving the overall story or plot, or lack thereof. A unified plot is nonexistent and none of the characters experience any transgressions or difficulties to overcome worth cheering for. If you're hoping for high-risk stakes or difficult dilemmas to transcend, then you will be sorely disappointed. Ultimately, it's their first-world problems that you will be ruminating. In fact, the 'big reveal' Eve explains in the final chapter that is supposed to illuminate the relevance of a sext message at the beginning of the novel--the one where an unknown sender calls her a MILF--is so groan-inducing that it's not worth even revealing here in this review. It's like a rom-com movie joke worthy of being left on the editing room floor.

Perrotta excels when the characters examine their hopes and dreams and debate the methods in which they want to escape the ways their lives have been compartmentalized, to the detriment of their hearts and souls. The dialogue and conversations are very realistic and utterly fascinating. If you enjoy living within the lives of others (and I admit, I do when reading fiction), then you will enjoy this novel. I did enjoy listening to these characters tell me about their lives. If you are hoping for a fascinating story with an intricate plot, then look somewhere else. I wished for more--story-wise--and was left wanting more from this novel.

I would give this novel 3 1/2 stars.

Sep 02, 2018

I expected more from this book. It is light and shows some of the frustrations of being a middle aged divorced empty nest mom. But I felt that the writing could have been better and the ending (which was very weak) fell flat. Ultimately the book left me feeling a bit disappointed.

Jun 28, 2018

A literary fun read. Not a potboiler exactly, but not literary fiction either. Perrotta has great insight into all the foibles of these modern times. Mothers who are still hot when they're fifty, white-privilege males who aren't when they run into the wider world. The author has an astute eye for contemporary cultural mores, for all ages and genders. Don't know how he does it and keeps it fresh. Makes you smile while you think about it. Doesn't linger long, though.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jun 11, 2018

A comic novel that follows a newly empty-nested divorcee and her college freshman jock son. There is adult content; I did not find it offensive, but funny. Besides the great writing and understated humor the best thing about this book is the author's humanity, his respect for his struggling characters. A subplot involves a couple with a young son with autism. The autism parts are spot-on; loving parenting combined with rueful acceptance of the tragic aspects of autism. I think Perrota is one of my new favorite authors.

_McGeek_ Jun 07, 2018

I read this book based on his previous writings of The Leftovers and Little Children.
It was nothing like them, but I enjoyed the book a lot, and found it really interesting how a male writer would tackle writing the perspectives of: a middle aged empty nester refinding her sexuality, a transgender woman, a sexually desensitized college student and bully, a young man who's life was altered from bullying, and a young woman returning home and feeling at a loss for direction in life.
Quite the feat, thought he did a great job.
A fast read as well.

Mar 04, 2018

a very quick read. I just finished reading two classics and find this book, though entertaining at times, has the depth of piece of saran wrap. Suburban angst.

Feb 20, 2018

This book begins with the titular Eve Fletcher dropping her son Brendan off at college. The book follows many different characters as they intersect in various ways. Eve is intrigued by an anonymous, racy text that she receives one night. Brendan tries to fit in with different groups on campus, but seems to keep messing up every relationship. Eve takes a gender studies class at the local community college, and is introduced to a diverse group of people who change her perspective. There are many details about the characters and their environments. For example the way Julian has to skateboard everywhere was a nice touch to show that he’s just a kid in the suburbs. There’s a lot going on in this book, and at times it seems maybe too ambitious. But there’s a lot of great insight having to do with suburban life, gender, sexuality, privilege, and generational differences.

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