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Mrs. Fletcher 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 out of her head As Eve makes new friends, takes a community college course in Gender Studies, and reaches out to a younger co worker, the message continues to haunt her, leading her into an online fixation that threatens to upend her quiet suburban existenceMeanwhile, Eve s son Brendan, is discovering that the oafish frat boy charm that impressed high school girls may not be so enticing to college women Increasingly isolated, with mediocre grades and a confusing crush on a softball playing social justice champion, Brendan struggles to adjust to a campus ill disposed to his brand of white dude bravado As the New England autumn turns cold, both mother and son find themselves enmeshed in ethically fraught situations that come to a head one fateful November nightA coming of age novel about the sexual awakening of a middle aged woman, Mrs Fletcher is a provocative, witty look at contemporary sexual politics and timeless moral dilemmas a moving and funny examination of sexuality, identity, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they re no longer sure who they are and where they belong 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, 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, stereotypical meathead jock Brendan, leaves home for college She discovers porn and starts taking a class on sexuality at the local community college taught by a transgender woman, only to be pursued via text from an anonymous horndog who thinks she s a total MILF Meanwhile Brendan discovers college politics to be quite different from what he thought Perrotta s book follows these characters as they live their lives until a certain quota of pages is met and then the book just sorta peters out Perrotta is clearly a talented writer with a knack for skilfully touching on complex social issues like autism and transgenderism and portraying them empathetically and fairly The characters, while not especially distinctive, are convincing for the most part but I did wonder where Eve s attraction to women came from She watches some girl on girl porn and suddenly she s gay Then towards the end she s back to being straight Er It s because Perrotta s such a capable writer that I wouldn t say I was ever truly bored with the book but it s such an aimless, meandering novel that I also found it easy to put down The only point I could suss out was Perrotta s observation that young men these days have a warped view of sex having grown up with online porn Brendan and Julian, both 19, view women as objects and sex as scripted scenarios where they have to say things they ve heard men in porn say Other than that eh Nowt much happens, the characters go through some gentle, unremarkable changes and the novel ends It s just weirdly banal why write about these very specific things then Mrs Fletcher is well written, mildly entertaining in parts and it does feel very now in terms of the myriad sexuality issues occupying too many people s attention today But because it doesn t have much of a story or anything unique or insightful to say about its subjects, ultimately it s an unimpressive, forgettable read QuestionHas 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 ITfor 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 coversthan anyone needs to know in order to QuestionHas 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 ITfor 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 coversthan anyone needs to know in order to choose to read this book or not His rating may be lower than mine but if you read his review he expresses enjoying this book and like me, feels it s always great to read Tom Perrotta s work My review is only going to contain random Thoughts Memories and Memorable stand out moments trying not to repeat what has already been written FOR STARTERS I m giving this book the FULL 5 stars It s at LEAST a 4 star book in my opinion but I can understand the FULL RANGE of RATINGS that we might see from this novel It gets 5 stars from me for 2 main reasons 1 I read it in one sitting did not want to put it down was reacting with feelings and thoughts the entire time it held my interest 2 Another reason for the 5 stars Great book club discussion pick I loved how incredibly contemporary this novel is The taboo topics press against our our morals, judgements, prejudices, thoughts about being privileged and entitled, righteousness, arrogance, anger, erotic thoughts, integrity, ethics, flexible and or rigid points of view, profanity and crude language, empty sex, and frivolous fantasy vs conciliatory responsible choices Major and minor themes are all worthy of discussions with interesting characters..The Milf..DIRECTOR of the SENIOR CENTER, DIVORCED, a PORN HABIT, attends night classes twice a week taking a Gender and Society class Eve FletcherThere is the college JOCK Brendan Fletcher Lacrosse player a lifetime jock since a child party guy..A High School petite cheerleader Becca Dilulio.A model employee at the Senior Center, works for Mrs Fletcher Amanda Olney..Amanda is covered with tattoos She has a cobra wrapped around her leg, a grenade on her breast, the anarchist bomb on her thigh, and the meat cleaver the only one she truly regretted dripping blood on her upper arm.A feminist who was attracted to jocks Amber who was involved with an organization for Austism Awareness.A FUNNY SCENE I won t give it away is when Amanda takes a Bikram Yoga class I was laughing sooooo HARD Anybody who has taken years of Bikram Yoga is in for a treat TOM PERROTTA impressed the hell out of me from the class to the ladies locker room He not only knows details of details about the 26 postures the chatter and looks in the ladies locker room, about the front row yoga goddesses hey I was a front row Bikram girl does that make me a goddess, toohaha , but he knew precisely about the sweaty speedo men dripping like faucets throughout the 90 minute class I was in hysterics wondering if Tom Perrotta was one of these men He could NOT have known women any better if he were a woman OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK IS A RIOT OF FUN theI think about it My husband was getting a little too turned on with me describing a few of the naughty scenes ALL IN FUN..but a SERIOUS UNDERSCORE worth talking about..A transgender Professor,..A girl in a wheelchair,..A handsome black man..A brilliant Indian College Student,..A Bro college roommate,..Duct tape and a Port A Potty..Way too many Vodka shotspizza and beerA Fat guy, thin college white girls in bikinis with long straight silky hair..Julian Spitzer an 18 year old skateboarding guy who lusts after Mrs Fletcher..Ted Mrs Fletcher s ex husband he has a wife and little boy Jon Jon with autism..More themes politics feminism.racism.rapistpeople with disabilities.the LGBT Community, diversity of all types Amber for example.was a passionate opponent for capitalism, patriarchy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, rape culture, bullying, and micro aggression in all forms AMEN AMBER..In one scene I started singing Katy Perry s song I KISSED A GIRL then could not stop singing so I put on the music for a little singdance break I LIKED IT Disarmingly brave..tackles serious topics and is totally engaging Thank You Scribner, Netgalley, and Tom Perrotta 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 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 left for college, leaving her completely alone for the first time As she starts trying to figure out how to fill that loneliness, she gets a random text one night from a number she doesn t recognize, which tells her, U R my MILF The text throws her for quite a loop, and as she tries to figure out who might have sent it to her, she suddenly finds herself on the internet, following an interesting chain which leads her to milfateria.com, a porn website she can t seem to tear herself away from What that meant, Eve realized, was that you couldn t really say, I m not a MILF, because a MILF was in the eye of the beholder The other thing she d learned was that you shouldn t google the term if you didn t want to find yourself swimming in an ocean of porn As Eve tries to fight her growing porn habit or is it an addiction , the videos she watches every day sends her mind into territory she had never thought about before, territory which has the potential to make things difficult in her job as executive director of a local senior center, as well as make her look at people and situations with a very different eye She isn t sure which end is up, or with whom she wants to end up.Meanwhile, Eve s son Brendan, a jock and, quite simply, a bit of a douchebag, is having a tough time adjusting to college He s the type of guy who has multiple shirtless pictures of himself on his Facebook page, because if you look good shirtless, shouldn t you show your body off Brendan had thought college would be an endless parade of parties, drinking, drugs, and, perhaps most importantly, sex with a wide assortment of women But with his roommate mostly AWOL, and most of his friends into their own things, it turns out girls don t like it when you call them things like slut and bitch, and college doesn t go so well when you barely concentrate on your classes.Eve and Brendan both find themselves confronting the after effects of mistakes they make, mistakes which cause both of them to despair in very different ways Can Eve overcome her porn habit and find her way to a real relationship Is college the right path for Brendan, and if so, will he find people who think the way he does, or will he need to be the one who changes Mrs Fletcher is a fascinating, fairly explicit look at how our attitudes toward sex, sexuality, relationships, and morality are formed, and how they change It shows that when sex is all you think about, and you think with your libido instead of your brain or your heart, the direction you move in is probably going to get you in trouble It s also a book about finding happiness with yourself before you can find someone else.I love the way Perrotta combines humor with social commentary While his books have dealt with sexuality before, this was a pretty frank book, and it touched on some very interesting territory, territory which may make some uncomfortable It s definitely very thought provoking.These characters, particularly Brendan, aren t particularly sympathetic they make a lot of stupid mistakes and sometimes don t even realize they re doing so I found myself amazed at what Eve got herself into, and how she thought, but at the same time, she wasn t willing to speak up to her son about the way he was behaving.I enjoyed this book, but I don t think this ranks up there among Perrotta s best Still, he writes like very few other authors out there, and it s always great to read his work NetGalley and Scribner provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at 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..so she googles And ends up on a porn site called MILFateria.com, that she prom 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..so she googles And ends up on a porn site called MILFateria.com, that she promptly becomes addicted to watching every night You also get viewpoints of her son Brendan Who is a total little turdhead He has so much white privilege going that I just wanted to jump in this book and smack the snit out of him For example, his teenage girl friend that he recently broke up with shows up the morning he leaves to go to college for a surprise blowy His mom over hears him saying suck it bitch..among other things.Now if that triggers your feminist rant..just stay away from this book You ain t gonna be happy This book takes on all kinds of hot topics, including one story line of a trans gendered professor She has became a woman after many years of denying who she really was She was one of the few characters in this book that I actually liked She is very open about her transition and is open to talking about her experiences AND she faces some small minded flack because of it See that s something I see as real world I think that talking about this sort of thing makes itacceptable I ll get bashed for that I m sure, because a few years ago there was someone who was undergoing changes on frigging GR and if someone asked a question they got their internet hand smacked I kept wondering why That s how people learn You can t ask questions..it s all just supposed to be accepted from the get go even though the whole thing gets twisted and confusing They can talk about it but no questions can be asked I wonder about the world sometimes There probably needs to be a stamp that you get This book breaks some of those barriers about several subjects AND it does a good job of making you question your preconceived notions Even when some of them are sorta dumb and yes, dumb happens in this book also Throw that shit to the wind and dive into this book Some of the stuff in it will make you cringe and some of it will make you think AND thinking ain t bad This was my first Tom Perrotta book and if this is how the guy writes line me up for someBooksource Netgalley in exchange for review.

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