Mrs. Fletcher

Mrs. Fletcher

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2017
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501144028
Characteristics: 309 pages


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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.

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.

Jan 29, 2018

An engaging contemporary domestic comedy focused on explorations of sex and identity. Despite the title, this novel focuses on several connected characters as the try to establish meaningful human connections despite the barriers of modern technology and social expectation: Eve Fletcher, a 40-something divorced mother, her college aged son, a trans-gender professor, one of Eve's employees and a recent high school graduate. All of the characters are very believable and complex, though I was challenged to empathize with Eve's son, a self-centered college freshman who has a lot of growing up to do. The novel ends rather conventionally with Eve finding love and getting married, but a final revelation ensures that her romantic life will continue to be complicated.

I do have one serious criticism. Because the novel is very much set in the world of white privilege, it felt gratuitous to include mention of "hot topics" like Black Lives Matter and the killng of Michael Brown, just in the name of contemporary relevance. Perhaps this is intended as a satire of white privilege, but to me it just felt insensitve.

Jan 11, 2018

Funny, insightful, with characters you really want to root for (mostly). As always, I am impressed by the author's ability to write realistically from a female perspective.

ArapahoeLesley Dec 10, 2017

This book is hilarious. It is fun and full of commentary on modern sexuality. As my first Perrotta book, I am impressed and enjoyed his style.

coroboreefarm Nov 16, 2017

This humorous and very contemporary novel tackles serious topics, oh so many serious, taboo topics, in an affectionate and sardonic way. Related from several first person voices; principally Eve, a middle age divorcee and empty nester with a new found passion for Internet porn and a desire to reinvent herself; and her son, Brandon, an entitled, boorish and rather unlikeable first year college student, the novel takes on many topics and unpacks them in a way that brings the reader to some serious introspection.

Peopled by a colourful and diverse set of characters including a transgender college professor, a heavily tattooed care giver, a skater boy looking for a MILF, a good ‘ol boy roomie, an ex-husband with a young wife and autistic child, and many more, this book boldly takes on many subjects that might be cringe worthy if not handled so skillfully by Mr. Perrotta. White privilege, bullying, eroticism, hook ups, ethical dilemmas, ageism, diversity, and many other uncomfortable scenarios will compel readers to examine their own prejudices and moral judgements.

This book is definitely risqué and may not be suitable for all readers.

Sep 13, 2017

A friend of mine mentioned that a magazine she subscribes to lists new book suggestions every month. She took a picture of the last couple and sent them my way. A couple of the books were available at our library, so I put them on my list - this was the first one. I had zero knowledge of what this one was about. Let's just say it wasn't my cup of tea. It was about a mom who was a recent empty-nester (her son going away to college) and her story. Although the writing was good, I felt like it centered around sex and pornography, which isn't my jam. I also felt like there were big jumps in the story that I would've preferred being filled (rather than leaving it up to the reader). I would give it a 6 out of 10.

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Jun 28, 2018

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