Sparkling debut novel expertly captures the Manhattan zeitgeist

Sparkling debut novel expertly captures the Manhattan zeitgeist
Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s maiden outing as a novelist is a hugely enjoyable read

Nothing happens in Fleishman Is In Trouble for a long time (until of course, it does, and sharply) – the first half of the book is merely setting the scene. Yet it’s a book half stuffed with astuteness and razor-sharp insight

Fiction: Fleishman Is In Trouble, By Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Wildfire Books, €17.95

The way modern literature tells it, modern life is rubbish if you’re middle-class and live in New York City. Life is gilded and garlanded, certainly, but you are surrounded by the most narcissistic, solipsistic social climbers on the planet. However much you make, it’s rarely enough. You lurch from one First World Problem to the next. Your children are likely to be coddled...

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