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Mrs. Fletcher

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  22,986 ratings  ·  2,979 reviews
Eve Fletcher is floundering. A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose beloved, clueless only child has just left for college, Eve is slowly learning to contend with life on her own when, late one night her phone lights up with a text message. Sent from an anonymous number, the mysterious sender tells Eve, “U r my MILF!” It's nothing--just an annoying prank--but she can't get it ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Scribner
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Stephanie First you have to define stereotype: a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.

Keep in mind the…more
First you have to define stereotype: a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.

Keep in mind there are plenty of jocks that don't fit the stereotype. However, the character in question does.

Second, you have to ask yourself what a stereotypical jock is?

When I think of a STEREOTYPICAL jock, I think of a guy who thinks he is a better than people because of the sport he plays, doesn't think of anyone but himself, thinks he can get girls/woman because he is a guy, and doesn't totally understand the concept that intoxicated women can't consent.
If we take my definition of a STEREOTYPICAL jock, and color him white, he has white privilege.
Because a STEREOTYPICAL jock hasn't even sat down to think about what kind of privilege he has been born with so that answers the question and I really needn't go on. (less)
Carol There is relatively little explicit sex in this book. It covers a lot of issues about sex in today's world - porn addiction, having expectations that …moreThere is relatively little explicit sex in this book. It covers a lot of issues about sex in today's world - porn addiction, having expectations that sex in real life is or should be like the sex that is depicted in porn, for example. How sex in hook-ups can be both liberating and at the same time shallow and fraught with misunderstandings. Some characters are bisexual, another is transgender, and there are older people navigating the changes in sexual mores of the day. Fascinating. And I think this writer is terrific - despite the somber topics, this book can be quite funny and the characters seem like they could be real, each one has a genuine voice. I highly recommend it. (less)

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Elyse  Walters
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Has anyone seen this HBO series?
We started watching last night -we only watched 3 of the 7 episodes so far. Great actress as Mrs Fletcher.
But so far... different from the book.
Thoughts? From others?

I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT......for 'mature audiences'! - REGARDLESS of RATINGS!!!!

Between the Blurb, and Larry Hoffer's review- (Goodreads member) - all the important information is at a readers fingertips. Larry's review is EXCELLENT -- covers more than anyone needs to know in order to
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me completely by surprise how much I enjoyed this book, but looking back on it, I shouldn't have.

Mrs. Fletcher follows divorcée Eve Fletcher as she sends her only child Brendan off to college, leaving her floundering with an empty nest and struggling to find a purpose. She takes a class at the community college and meets a diverse group of people, thus stumbling into some interesting potentials that slowly brighten her life. It makes her realize that being middle-aged doesn't need to be
Larry H
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

With books like Election, The Abstinence Teacher, The Leftovers , and Little Children , Tom Perrotta has proven to be a master commentator on the foibles of society, on people's attitudes toward love, sex, relationships, religion, parenthood, and morality. He has a wry wit and isn't afraid to expose his characters' flaws, and he does so again in his newest novel, Mrs. Fletcher .

A divorcee in her mid-40s, Eve Fletcher is at a bit of a crossroads. Her only son has
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I have no clue how to rate this book. I'm just gonna go straight down the line with a three.
It's one of those that have characters that you really don't like..but you cannot look away. I wanted all the juicy dirt on them.

Eva is sending off her son Brendan to college. She is facing a empty nest since she was recently divorced and is unsure of what to do with herself. She gets a text one night that says "U R my MILF!" she googles. And ends up on a porn site called, that she prom
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Perrota is whimsy and hard core realism in equal measure and I loved The Leftovers and Little Children, but this slice of life story about a middle aged woman who seeks sex and companionship in all the wrong places after her self obsessed son goes off to college, left me feeling unsettled. It is as if the author discovered the acronym MILF, found it hilarious, and wanted to repeat it ad nauseum. Poor Mrs. Fletcher, she deserves better, because you know all women care about is their sons and gett ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm not sure what it was about Mrs. Fletcher, but I found it completely satisfying. It felt smart, with a touch of humour, dealing with real emotions and contemporary issues, without being pretentious or condescending. Mrs. Fletcher -- Eve -- is 47, divorced and the mother 19 year old Brendan. The story is told from a few points of view, but mostly through Eve and Brendan's eyes. Eve is a great character -- nice, good looking on the outside but with an inner psychic and sexual restlessness that ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta is a 2017 Scribner publication.

Suburbia at its most sardonic-

I haven’t read Tom Perrotta’s previous novels, although I have seen the movie, ‘Election’, so I was marginally familiar with the name.

Reading the blurb, I had the impression this book was humorous, maybe satirical, and certainly offbeat. It was all those things, for me at least, but I wasn’t prepared for the path the novel took me on.

Mrs. Fletcher, is Eve Fletcher, a divorced single mother in her mid- u
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I started this book with my morning coffee on Saturday and quickly confirmed (once again) this about Perrotta . . . .

This is the story of Eve Fletcher, a woman who has just become an empty nester after dropping her son Brock Turner Brendan off at college. After raising Brock Brendan as a single mother for a good portion of his life, Mrs. Fletcher worries that she won’t know how to cope with being alone. But maybe all of her concern
Erin Beall
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Some thoughts:
1. Not what I expected.
2. Do NOT recommend.
3. Problematic.

Not that I'm a prude. I'm worse: I'm a book snob. And this book is just not that good.

1 star.
Sam Quixote
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I was halfway through the novel when I realised a story wasn’t on the cards. Not that that bothered me too much (though it did a bit) – Mrs Fletcher is all about the characters, reflecting contemporary middle-class American culture, all of which is written pretty well – but, like the only other Tom Perrotta novel I’ve read, Election, I was left wondering what the author was trying to say; what’s the point of this book?

Eve Fletcher is a 46 year-old divorcee dealing with life after her only son,
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I read The Leftovers a while ago, and I really enjoyed that book, even more than I expected to like it. That’s how I knew about Tom Perrotta, and that’s how I happened to stumble upon this book.

Uh, this ain’t The Leftovers though. Not even close. But here I am recommending it to you. Very uncomfortably, awkwardly rating this four stars because, man, it gets pretty explicit right from the beginning. So yeahhh on the surface it deals with pornography and sex and relationships, and it does so w
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I hate this book. I hate the mediocrity of the writing. I hate the banality of the dialogue. I hate the failure of its characters to be anything more than rehashed stereotypes from a million rehashed rom-coms and sit-coms. I hate the complacency of its ideas. I hate the failure of its author to imagine that a transgender professor might have anything else to notice than the hottest cis person in the room, or a feminist anything more profound to think about than the propriety of campus hook-ups, ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
It's with a very heavy heart that I have to pan this book by one of my favorite authors, Tom Perrotta. I found this book to be so boring, with a cast of the most uninteresting characters I've come across in quite a while. It felt like it was supposed to be edgy and a little bit satirical, but for me it came across sleazy and smutty and not having much to say. I dragged myself through this book, which shocks me, because Tom Perrotta is usually so good. This is really disappointing. I was waiting ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taken as a whole, this is an interesting take on empty nest syndrome.
Mrs. Fletcher is a satire of sorts about issues such as loneliness, reinvention, coming of age, privilege, gender, labels, resilience, porn, and sexual identity. The characters aren't especially likable nor do I believe they are meant to be - they're just there, being used in a book meant to showcase themes the author wants his readers to think about. To my knowledge, there's no persuasion or agenda here...just a few fairly disjointed story lines not so gently brought to the surface for your
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slightly flat suburban satire about sex, gender, sex, culture and sex. Did I say sex more than once? That's because it's the main focus here - this small town in New England has it ALL going on! Pornography addiction, misogyny, Tinder hook-ups, threesomes, transgenderism, bisexuality...can't think of much in the way of sexuality and gender that didn't get at leaast touched on. It's not overly graphic or overbearing in any way, but make no mistake - it's the book's main THRUST (sorry, couldn't he ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
Funny. Timely. Provocative.

Tom Perrotta is a master at exposing the secrets of suburbia. In his latest novel, Perrotta creates memorable characters -- all ripe for a juicy book club discussion. There's Eve Fletcher, the not young, but not old mom who just sent her only son off to college. Brendan, the entitled, POS son. Amber, the struggling feminist. Amanda, the millenial stuck in and dead-end job. And a whole other cast of multi-dimensional characters.

What makes Perotta's books so enjoyable i
Chance Lee
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: blurb-d, no
Mrs. Fletcher is the story of Eve, a divorced mother who is disconnected from her college-age son, and her son, Brenden, a teenage jackass who learned everything about sex from online porn.

According to the dust jacket, Eve takes a course in gender studies and gets addicted to online porn. I read Part I (60ish pages) and stopped because none of that had happened yet, and I was bored with the extensive building of stereotypical characters. In 60 pages learned nothing about them other than how I d
(2.5) I enjoy Tom Perrotta’s novels: they’re funny, snappy, current and relatable; it’s no wonder they make great movies. (I’ve somehow read seven of his nine books now, without even realizing it.) Mrs. Fletcher is more of the same satire on suburban angst, but with an extra layer of raunchiness that struck me as unnecessary. It seemed something like a sexual box-ticking exercise: “okay, let’s throw in some lesbian flirtation here, a transgender character there, blow jobs and porn everywhere, so ...more
Ron Charles
Scour the Internet all you want, but you’re not likely to find a more pleasant story about pornography than Tom Perrotta’s “Mrs. Fletcher.” It’s as well-behaved as “The Abstinence Teacher,” his 2007 novel about a public school sex-ed instructor. Which raises the question of when it’s bad to be good.

Perrotta is an affectionate comic writer, but to his own detriment, he has mastered the art of suburban titillation — and he rests on it. Although lusty subjects thrum through this novel, they’re ofte
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tom Perrotta has the eye of a brutal satirist and the heart of a loving spouse and parent. His wit can be gentle and it can be fierce, but always it's brilliant. And he loves his characters -- as, invariably, do I. Another terrific novel by a kind and spectacular writer. ...more
da AL
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure where this value-heavy sex romp was going & whether I wanted to follow along, but by the end, I was won over. While imperfect, am glad I made it all the way to the end. The audio readers are wonderful! ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I suppose I’ll give Tom Perrotta a pass this time around.

After all, he’s been busy perfecting one of the more inventive television programs in recent memory (The Leftovers, based off of his magnificent book); I can only imagine how difficult it would’ve been to maintain any semblance of focus on another project, let alone a new novel. We can’t all be Noah Hawley.

That’s not to say that I wasn’t excited, or had relatively high expectations, for Perrotta’s latest work, Mrs. Fletcher. The apex of
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read, and great in audio. Several characters are facing major transitions in their life - Eve Fletcher is a divorced empty nester, but still fairly attractive. After she drops her son off at college (with his stuff that SHE packed up), she also decides to go to college and signs up for a class about gender and society at the local community college. Her son Brendan is not prepared for adulthood, not even the adulthood light version of college, and the audiobook narrator for his se ...more
Holly  B
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is not my typical genre, but I thought it would be like a modern day "Mrs. Robinson" type character from the movie The Graduate (which I loved!). It wasn't at all. Mrs. Fletcher is a middle aged divorced mom of a teenager. She ends up hooking up with a guy the same age as her son. Her son just left for college and is out of the house. The author is very "witty" and it has some good laughs, but definitely "R" rated. In the end, it wasn't really for me. ...more
Doug Bradshaw
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first Tom Perrotta novel and although I got a few laughs and enjoyed some of the effects of various internet things on both male and female characters, all and all, I thought it was fairly shallow and poorly conceived. The characters were cliches, the stories were a bit boring, and it seemed fairly aimless. Was this really a story worth telling? Was there even a story: Freshman in college drinks too much, can't focus, divorced woman struggles with dating and the dicey single life, th ...more

Mrs. Fletcher is the fourth Tom Perrotta book I've read, and it's easily his worst. This is his take on the mid-life crisis, and in true Perrotta fashion, it’s peopled with unpretentious, relatable characters in ordinary circumstances. As always, he portrays them effortlessly. However, in Mrs. Fletcher, Perrotta tossed aside his old literary identity and tried something new. This is one low-brow, tawdry read where he comes across as trying too hard to be edgy.

The story opens wit
As a divorcee in her mid-40s, Eve Fletcher is struggling with the fact that her only son, Brendan, is heading off to college. Suddenly, Eve is truly alone for the first time. Shortly after she takes Brendan to college, Eve receives a strange text message reading, "U r my MILF!" Baffled, the message takes Eve down a strange path that includes an obsession with MILF-related porn. Suddenly, her regular life--work as the Executive Director at the local senior center, taking classes at the community ...more
This was the first Tom Perrotta novel that I've read.

I should have loved it, but I only liked it.

Don't get me wrong, it was readable and very contemporary.

Indeed, as stated in the long blurb, this novel explores lots of themes: parenthood, being divorced, hooking up, gender issues, exploring one's sexuality, pornography, loneliness, Autism, being a young man (bleah, how I dislike these stupid frat jock types).

Let me get this straight - I had no moral objections or qualms about anything that wa
Rachel León
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm always excited to hear about a new Tom Perrotta novel. His books are just so damn entertaining. They're funny but also smart and compulsively readable. His latest is no exception. That said, I'm sure this novel won't appeal to everyone. The prose is pretty expository at times and the subject matter (current sexual politics--such as consent and Internet pornography) is going to put some people off. But I loved it so much I gobbled it up. ...more
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Tom Perrotta is the bestselling author of nine works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston. ...more

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