This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
I borrowed this book from the library.
This is just an overall fun read. I found myself taking notes to use some of snarky comments I found inside this book. I had never heard of this author until I read a review of it in Entertainment Weekly. I am glad I glanced at it, since it turned out to be a fabulously wonderful book. The plot is a little far fetched, but it could really happen. I mean there are so many shock jocks in each city that you could just imagine one of them sleeping with his producer’s wife, right? And then his wife gets pregnant and tells him the same day his father dies. All in all, a story about how much family can mess up your life at the same time as being the one thing that makes you sane.
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family-including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister-have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family. As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant. This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.
About the Author
Jonathan Tropper is the author of How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, and Plan B. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College. He is currently adapting This Is Where I Leave You as a feature film for Warner Brothers Studios.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult (August 6, 2009)