By Kate Christensen
(Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385527309, 320pp.)

Publication Date: June 16, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2009 Indie Notables
“A sexy, steamy book just in time for the hot summer months. Kate Christensen knows how to write dialogue and characters, and she does it again with the story of two female friends going to Mexico to escape their relationship problems.”
-- Michele Filgate, RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH


A vibrant story of female friendship and midlife sexual awakening from the acclaimed author of The Great Man

Josie is a Manhattan psychotherapist living a comfortable life with her husband and daughter—until, while suddenly flirting with a man at a party, she is struck with the sudden realization that she must leave her passionless marriage. A thrillingly sordid encounter with a stranger she meets at a bar immediately follows. At the same time, her college friend Raquel, a Los Angeles rock star, is being pilloried in the press for sleeping with a much younger man who happens to have a pregnant girlfriend. This proves to be red meat to the gossip hounds of the Internet. The two friends escape to Mexico City for a Christmas holiday of retreat and rediscovery of their essential selves. Sex has gotten these two bright, complicated women into interesting trouble, and the story of their struggles to get out of that trouble is totally gripping at every turn.

A tragicomedy of marriage and friendship, Trouble is a funny, piercing, and moving examination of the battle between the need for connection and the quest for freedom that every modern woman must fight.

About the Author

Kate Christensen is also the author of the novels In the Drink, Jeremy Thrane, The Epicure's Lament, and The Great Man, winner of the 2008 PEN/Faulker Award. She lives in Brooklyn.

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  1. 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?

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