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 other books include Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Joe College, The Abstinence Teacher, Nine Inches, and his newest, Mrs. Fletcher. His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston.
A forty-six-year-old divorcee whose 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!” While leading her all-too-placid life, Eve can’t curtail her obsession with the message and her new interest in a website that 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 romantic possibilities that threaten to upend her quiet suburban existence. Meanwhile, Eve’s son Brendan, a jock and aspiring frat-boy discovers that his new campus isn’t nearly as welcoming 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 one fateful November night. Sharp, witty and provocative, Mrs. Fletcher is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the clarifying mistakes people can make when they’re no longer sure of who they are or where they belong.