The humor in Fleishman Is in Trouble is biting and perspective. The author describes an attorney’s office décor as “eighties-era mortuary”. Or the detail of the attorney – “looked like she’d been crushed in the trash compactor in Star Wars.” As you read the novel about the dissolution of a marriage you flip between being disgusted with the characters and then barely liking them. In the midst of the separation of Toby and Rachel, Rachel disappears and propels the plot to a combination of mystery and cathartic change. Yet the novel uses a strange device of being told from the point of view of Elizabeth, a old friend of Toby. It is never clear as to why her perspective is required. A head scratcher but at least a well written one.