- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (August 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501144022
- ISBN-13: 978-1501144028
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 445 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel Hardcover – August 1, 2017
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
An Amazon Best Book of August 2017: Tom Perrotta’s latest is about a recent empty nester, struggling with this alien status and desperate for a distraction, when a very saucy one is served-up anonymously on her phone. No, it's not a message from Anthony Weiner, but it is something that piques Mrs. Fletcher's interest to such a degree that she becomes obsessed with a certain "adult site" and suddenly her sleepy suburban existence is sleepy no more. Meanwhile her son, whose clueless moments of Neanderthalism are proving a liability with the college ladies, is trying to find his footing in life too. Right off the bat you know that Mrs. Fletcher is going to veer into awkward territory, and it does have its cringe-worthy moments (which I think Perrotta inflicts with glee). But these characters are so expertly drawn that it’s easy to relate to, and sympathize with, their bumbling attempts at working through existential crises (unintentionally hilarious, and even shocking these efforts may be). The secondary characters are just as strong, and refreshingly unexpected. When Mrs. Fletcher’s ex-husband is introduced, you find out that he left her for a younger model he courted on Craigslist, and you think...Of course! But he’s actually not what you think at all, nor is his new wife. These are ordinary people making life-changing mistakes at a time when they should be (mostly) grown up. That’s the thing, though--no matter where we are in life--we always have growing to do...Perrotta, ever the provocateur, ties up a narrative loose end by creating yet another in the end. It’s something that will needle at you, in an uncomfortably good way. Such is Mrs. Fletcher. --Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review
PRAISE FOR MRS. FLETCHER:
""Mrs. Fletcher," Perrotta’s seventh novel and first since 2011’s "The Leftovers," operates and succeeds in ways that will be pleasingly familiar to his admirers. It uses a fecund premise, a large cast of recognizable characters, a rotating point of view, a propulsive plot, a humane vision and clean, non-ostentatious ... prose to explore a fraught cultural topic. There be dragons, yes, but decency mitigates the danger. “Mrs. Fletcher” is the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably ever read."
—The New York Times Book Review
"[Perrotta] explores the redefining of American sex lives by technology. . . . Mrs. Fletcher is a wry, compassionate novel about the ramifications of porn filtering so effortlessly into mainstream culture, without hysteria or accusations. Perrotta [is] well-versed in capturing the manifold follies and fetishes of human behavior. . . . One of the sharpest elements of Mrs. Fletcher is how Perrotta presents two opposing forces colliding on campus: porn culture and PC culture."
"At times morbidly funny and, at others, grim, “Mrs. Fletcher” signals a return to familiar territory for Mr. Perrotta — sex, school and suburbia ... While “Mrs. Fletcher” may sound, from a plot summary, like an R-rated comedy or the outline for a raunchy Judd Apatow movie, it is more melancholy than many of his earlier books. Sex and pornography often serve as shorthand for characters’ loneliness and their search for self-worth."
—The New York Times
"Light, zingy, and laugh-out-loud funny."
"Satisfying, wise and deeply appealing, flying by in a day or two of nonstop immersion, and in Eve's character it has true insight into the strangeness of all those anonymous American suburbs — the simultaneous comfort and loneliness of a generic place, a common life."
—The Chicago Tribune
"Sublimely funny ... in this shimmeringly satisfying novel, Perrotta uses the sense of loneliness like a propeller, raising these characters into glorious flight if they can just let themselves trust they have wings."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Raunchy, hilarious, and unexpectedly sweet ... [Perrotta's] latest might just be his best — it's a stunning and audacious book, and Perrotta never lets his characters take the easy way out. Uncompromisingly obscene but somehow still kind-hearted, Mrs. Fletcher is one for the ages."
"The sinews of Perrotta’s fiction, rather, are the tensions within and between characters, tensions that he steadily and artfully amplifies until the reader becomes possessed by curiosity about how they’ll be resolved ... "Mrs. Fletcher" is lit up by flashes of acute observation."
—The New Yorker
"[A] fantastic tease ... [Perrotta] knows how to capture the hilarious contradictions of teenagers."
—The Washington Post
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Mrs. Fletcher isn't a knock you off your seat, blow you away thriller with plot twists and deception. It is a slow burning family drama with a very sexual undertone. Don't let that deter you from reading it. It isn't like an NC-17 sex scene filled book. The story deals with sexuality in more of an exploratory tone. The main character Eve Fletcher is in her late 40's and is getting ready to drive her 18 year old son to college when she overhears him and his girlfriend engaged in a certain activity in his bedroom. The language she hears him use when speaking to his girlfriend in the heat of the moment disturbs her but she doesn't get the opportunity to address it with him. This is in part due to his bad attitude and general teenage cocky boy attitude he gives her on their way to college in between his frequent naps. Brendan is your typical 18 year old jock who peaked in high school. He thinks the world is his to rule and that life is a giant party filled with girls to sleep with. Once Eve drops Brendan off, her life as a Mom seems to be over. She is filled with an emptiness that she is unsure how to deal with until a mysterious text comes through on her phone that says "U R My MILF" and a few other words that I won't repeat here. If you are unaware of what MILF stands for, look it up. This text sends her mind off in all sorts of wild directions. It awakens her sexuality and takes her on a journey that leads her to new life experiences and gives her new found confidence. Although she has a great and fulfilling career, she re-enlists in community college. She enrolls in a very interesting class on gender and sexual identity which is taught by a transgendered woman named Margo who Eve becomes very good friends with. The quirky students in her class open her eyes to the world and she enjoys their company. All the while she is growing and thriving, Brendan is slowly failing at the life he thought he would rule in college. This isn't my typical go to book to read if I was just basing my pick on the book synopsis, but Tom Perrotta is one of my favorite authors. He takes a simple story and brings life to it with layers and layers of character development. Small moments are thrilling to read because of his intense details and descriptions. These are real people who could be your next door neighbor but their stories are compelling because of the way he brings them to life. This book won't be for everyone, but if you are a fan of any of his other books which have become movies and TV series, you will like this one.
The topics listed above, to me, where in fact that only thing interesting at all. Outside of that the characters had very little depth. I just wanted the book to end. It feels like the author (I am a fan of Tom's work) built this world and the characters around some of these topics first and then never could quite fill in a story that was compelling or thought provoking. Some books can work just as slice of life/view of different stories if they are interesting enough or if there is some backdrop that ties them together (like "bright shiny morning" which is a book I love that really does not say anything). This book was not able to do that.