Mrs. Fletcher (Hardcover)
This book is fascinating on so many different levels. It focuses on two main characters, both of whom are struggling to figure out who they are. Eve is dealing with an empty house now that her son has left for college, and has decided to take a course on gender and sexuality at the local community college. As she delves deeper into the course, she learns a lot about her own sexuality, which is a painful lesson at any age. Meanwhile, her son and second main character Brendan is trying to fit into college after 18 years of being the over-privileged jock. He finds himself lost in the past, even as his friends are all growing up around him. This is a coming of age story, plain and simple, but it isn't the same one we've read so many times. Instead, we're seeing middle-aged women reinventing themselves, and young people actually struggling with who they are in a world that is moving too quickly. Perotta tempers these deeper ideas with humor, keeping the tone of the book from becoming melancholy. A fun read, even whit all of the current, hot- button topics that are prevalent throughout the pages.— Kris Stephens
August 2017 Indie Next List
“With son Brendan off to college at Berkshire State and ex-husband Ted remarried, Eve Fletcher is feeling a bit unfulfilled, despite her sometimes-trying job as the director of a senior center - until she finds a new and decidedly adult pastime. Neither mother nor son knows what to make of their new lives, and all they know about relationships, to say nothing of sex, seems to be up for discussion. What I love about Tom Perrotta's books is how uncomfortable they can make me feel, while at the same time making me laugh hysterically; Mrs. Fletcher shows Mr. Perrotta in top form on both counts.”
— Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
New York Times bestseller
From the bestselling author of The Leftovers and Little Children comes 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 MILFateria.com, 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.