The Trouble with You: A Novel

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"Rich in colorful characters, Feldman's riveting tale is one of resilience, determination, and hope." —Booklist

In an exuberant post WWII New York City, a young woman is forced to reinvent her life and choose between the safe and the ethical, and the men who represent each...

Set in New York City in the heady aftermath of World War II when the men were coming home, the women were exhaling in relief, and everyone was having babies, The Trouble With You is the story of a young woman whose rosy future is upended in a single instant. Raised never to step out of bounds, educated in one of the Sister Seven Colleges for a career as a wife and mother, torn between her cousin Mimi who is determined to keep her a “nice girl”—the kind that marries a doctor—and her aunt Rose who has a rebellious past of her own, Fanny struggles to raise her young daughter and forge a new life by sheer will and pluck. When she gets a job as a secretary to the “queen” of radio serials—never to be referred to as soaps—she discovers she likes working, and through her friendship with an actress who stars in the series and a man who writes them, comes face to face with the blacklist which is destroying careers and wrecking lives. Ultimately, Fanny must decide between playing it safe or doing what she knows is right in this vivid evocation of a world that seems at once light years away and strangely immediate.

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Paula Pugh
February 23, 2024
The injustice of the McCarthy trials of the 1950s is a major part of this story along with the narrow views of working women. At that time in America being suspect to having anything to even remotely connected with communism posed an enormous threat to everyone. It led to blacklisting of hundreds of people. Women were raised to only be housewives, not to contribute to the work force nor the family. I honestly had to look up the McCarthy trials and was shocked by the injustices running rampant in the country. The blend of the two topics creates a telling novel of the times and of the theoretical hardships in the novel. An excellent novel.
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About the author

Ellen Feldman, a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of The Living and the Lost, Paris Never Leaves You (translated into 13 languages), Terrible Virtue (optioned by Black Bicycle for a feature film), The Unwitting, Next to Love, Scottsboro (shortlisted for the Orange Prize), The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, and Lucy.

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