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"Mrs. Fletcher" by Tom Perrotta (Scribner)
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“Mrs. Fletcher” by Tom Perrotta (Scribner)
Eve Fletcher is an attractive, 46-year-old divorcee who has just sent her only child, a son, off to college. Now she is ready to date again.

But the dating market has changed since she last sought a partner.

Fletcher finds herself fascinated with a porn website while flirting with one of her son’s high school classmates, and a female employee at the senior center, and her transgendered teacher, and a middle-aged male classmate, and the son of one of her clients at the center.

As Fletcher’s ideas of gender and sexuality are challenged, her son, Brandon, is struggling at college, where he finds co-eds aren’t so fond of his sexually chauvinistic ways.

Perrotta, who also wrote “The Leftovers,” “Election” and “Little Children,” explores gender identity and sexuality with humor as mother and son stumble through their sexual encounters. There is a huge cliffhanger when their worlds collide — one that will make a reader cringe and think, “Oh, no!”  But there will be no spoilers here.

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