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Eve and Brendan Fletcher are at a turning point in their lives. He is heading off to college which makes her a true empty nester since she and Mr. Fletcher divorced years previously. As a high school jock with boorish behavior, he neglects going to class and his high school girlfriend. Meanwhile his mom fills her time with internet porn and an eye-opening class at a local college with a transgender instructor. Things are changing for them both and adaptation to their new place in life is necessary. She needs to let him go and he needs to take charge and act like an adult. Tom Perrotta deftly navigates readers through life in suburbia where no one is perfect and no one is totally awful. You know, like life itself. As we learned in The Leftovers and Election among others, Perrotta knows what he’s doing.
— Sydne, Atlanta
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.