Soon to be a major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver
"Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche." --USA Today
The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.
This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's (One Last Thing Before I Go) most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.
Tropper returns with a snappy and heartfelt family drama/belated coming-of-age story. Judd Foxman's wife, Jen, has left him for his boss, a Howard Stern-like radio personality, but it is the death of his father and the week of sitting shivah with his enjoyably dysfunctional family that motivates him. Jen's announcement of her pregnancy--doubly tragic because of a previous miscarriage--is followed by the dramas of Judd's siblings: his sister, Wendy, is stuck in an emotionless marriage; brother Paul--always Judd's defender--and his wife struggle with infertility; and the charming youngest, Phillip, attempts a grown-up relationship that only highlights his rakishness. Presided over by their mother, a celebrated parenting expert despite her children's difficulties, the mourning period brings each of the family members to unexpected epiphanies about their own lives and each other. The family's interactions are sharp, raw and often laugh-out-loud funny, and Judd's narration is unflinching, occasionally lewd and very keen. Tropper strikes an excellent balance between the family history and its present-day fallout, proving his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page-turning story. (Aug.)
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1 . Hysterical!
Posted January 16, 2010 by Dawn , CharlotteThis book was so funny and well written. I laughed out loud during most of the book... cracking up at some parts. The author describes situations so well, you can picture them clearly. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes comedies and enjoys a laughing.
2 . An Amazing Read
Posted November 17, 2009 by fourthwhite , CharlotteI just finished this book and now want to read all of the author's others as soon as possible. I have not had this much enjoyment from a book in a very long time. I found so many parts of this wonderful story absolutely hilarious (I never do this, but in this book I actually laughed out loud several times) and yet I could really see them happening. Then, suddenly I was deeply moved. Reading this book was so much like watching a really great movie with a perfect cast and I got so swept up in it. I am recommending this book to all of my friends...and to you! You will NOT be disappointed!
August 05, 2009
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