By Kate Christensen
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307390943, 320pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Josie is a Manhattan psychotherapist living a comfortable life with her husband and daughter. Raquel is a Los Angeles rock star with a platinum album and the attendant money and fame. When Josie realizes her marriage is over, and Raquel finds herself at the center of a scandal, these old friends take off for Mexico City where sweltering heat, new acquaintances, and tequila-fueled nights rapidly spiral out of control. In this vibrant novel, award-winning author Kate Christensen has crafted a bewitching tale of lust, loyalty, and the limits of friendship.
Kate Christensen is the author of the novels In the Drink, Jeremy Thrane, The Epicure's Lament, The Great Man, winner of the 2008 PEN/Faulker Award, and Trouble. She lives in Brooklyn.
- Do you empathize or disagree with Josie's decision to leave Anthony and her reasons for doing so? Did you find Josie to be a sympathetic character at the beginning of the novel? In the end? Why or why not?
“In a word, divine. . . . A wild, vividly drawn, psychological, sexual and cross-cultural ride.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“You may experience feelings of exhilaration while reading Trouble. This is normal and is caused by the fact that Christensen is the kind of writer who’s willing to say things most people don’t dare to. And she knows exactly how to say them.” —Time
“Sharp, clear, and often hilarious.” —The New York Times Book Review
“This is Kate Christensen, which means crackling prose, sharp dialogue, and a sly, fanged humor calculated to make Jane Austen sit up and grin.” —The Oregonian
“A stylish . . . suspenseful story of middle-aged sexual awakening and female friendship.” —The New Yorker
“Kate Christensen [has] established herself as a wise, wry voice on the byzantine ways that women’s ambitions and erotic lives conflict.” —The Washington Post
“[A] zinger of a look at matters of the heart.” —USA Today
“Biting and voluptuous. . . . Resonant [and] surprising. . . . A sumptuous banquet of vicarious thrills.” —Bookforum
“Christensen writes beautifully.” —Los Angeles Times
“Witty, zestful. . . . Christensen has a knack for words. She describes vividly the sights, sounds, and smells of Mexico City, the tastes of Aztec food, bite by bite, and the glasses of mescal, tequila, sangria and such, sip by sip. . . . A razzle-dazzle tale of sensual pleasures.” —The Virginian-Pilot
“Kate Christensen knows women—indeed, she knows all of us.” —The Anniston Star
“Marvelous. . . . Wonderfully acerbic, and true to women's sensibilities, Trouble delivers the goods.” —New York Daily News
“Christensen’s sexiest book and among her wittiest. . . . A savvy blend of commercial appeal and literary flair. . . . [Christensen] is a contender for the title Best Novelist You Haven’t Been Reading.” —The Daily Beast
“[Trouble] shares many virtues with [Christensen’s] previous novels: strong situations, compelling plot development, accessible prose. . . . Smart, satisfying fiction.” —AARP Magazine
“The bond between the friends is perfectly felt—nuanced, intimate, believable to the point that you’d go for drinks with them in a heartbeat.” —The L Magazine
“A smart and sexy look at the way libido plays into the female midlife crisis, and many of Christensen’s observations . . . sparkle with acerbic wit. . . . It’s refreshing to read about middle-aged women who are given not only agency, but also vivacity and desire.” —BookPage