Love and Trouble

  • by Claire Dederer
  • Narrated by Claire Dederer
  • 7 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.
Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and 12, when she suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through a kind of erotic reawakening. This exuberant memoir shifts between her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of mysterious new hungers and herself as a teenager - when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity and longing.
From her hilarious chapter titles ("How to Have Sex with Your Husband of Seventeen Years") to her subjects - from the boyfriend she dumped at 14 the moment she learned how to give herself an orgasm, to the girls who ruled her elite private school ("when I left Oberlin I thought I had done with them forever, but it turned out...they also edited all the newspapers and magazines, and wrote all the books"), to raising a teenage daughter herself - Dederer writes with an electrifying blend of wry wit and raw honesty. She exposes herself utterly, and in doing so captures something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife.

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What the Critics Say

"When I got my hands on Claire Dederer's new book, I instantly turned off my phone, cancelled all my appointments, curled up in bed, and read all day in grateful - and thoughtful - abandon. As always, I was delighted with what I found in her writing. Dederer is not only a brilliant author, but an honest and brave one, who is not afraid to deep-dive into her own history and her own heart in order to examine what it really means to be a woman right now. Love and Trouble is a book caused me to think differently about marriage, about intimacy, about middle-age, and especially about what it means to have once been a sexually adventurous teenage girl. I saw myself all over these pages, and a think a lot of other readers will, as well." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Clipped and to the point.

Sense of humor and raw display of honesty spoken with a voice that makes you want to keep listening and become Claire's friend. .
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- Lynsee

Refreshing, original, painfully honest and well written

Listening to this book is worth your time, especially for women of the boomer generation. It examines the sexual dilemmas of feminists who grew up in 70's, their role as mothers to ensure "safety or freedom" for their daughters. There are also funny anecdotes about the vicissitudes of author promoting their books in the boondocks,
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- KatrinaD

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio