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This Is Where I Leave You

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ISBN13: 9780525951278
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Awards

The Rooster 2010 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Staff Pick

When Judd's father dies, he joins his family for a week to observe shivah. Meanwhile, in the face of his wife's affair and a divorce on his horizon, he discovers his wife is pregnant. This doesn't much sound like a funny book, but it truly is. Tropper has the amazing ability to write both poignantly and hilariously at the same time; he seems to be able to untangle, and capture, the pathos and levity in life.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

International bestseller Jonathan Tropper joins Dutton with the book his fans in the trade have been waiting for him to write: an uproarious, sophisticated, and deeply moving breakout novel.

Those who have already discovered Jonathan Tropper have called his novels "hilarious, but emotion-packed", "fantastically funny", "surprisingly moving", and "utterly magnificent". With his Dutton debut, Tropper has delivered a novel of true sophistication, at once light of touch and with a real sense of humor, without sacrificing a depth of character and raw emotion reminiscent of the early work of John Irving and Michael Chabon.

This Is Where I Leave You opens with the death of Judd Foxman's father, an event that marks the first time in a decade that the entire Foxman family — including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister — have been together in the same house for an extended period. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

The typical Foxman family gathering ends with car doors slamming and tires screeching as various factions scatter to nurse their resentments in private. But this time around, the Foxmans reluctantly submit to their father's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a real family. For Judd it's a week-long opportunity to come to terms with his father's death, his failed marriage, and to explain the mess his life has become to a never-ending parade of people he thought he might never see again. Which would be bad enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd's father died: She's pregnant.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This Is Where I Leave You is able to transcend any small quibbles by being consistently surprising. Tropper keeps the reader off-balance by changing the allegiances between siblings and spouses, friends and enemies, lovers and losers....charms by allowing for messes, loose ends and the reality that there's only one sure ending for everyone." Tod Goldberg, The Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Jonathan Tropper is the new breed of novelist who writes for men and women with ease and grace." Haven Kimmel

Synopsis:

"For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room that was the site of a famous murder/suicide fifteen years earlier, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with the dark and giddy pop culture pleasures of The Shining, Agatha Christie, and Glee

Synopsis:

"For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel."  —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from the most infamous room in the Bellweather Hotel, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with dark and giddy humor Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a colossal snowstorm is threatening to trap them all in the hotel. Then Alice's roommate goes missing—from room 712. The search for her entwines an eccentric cast of characters: conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. For everyone has come to the Bellweather with a secret, and everyone is haunted. Bellweather Rhapsody is a genre-bending page-turner, full of knowing nods to pop culture classics from The Shining to Agatha Christie to Glee. But its pleasures are beautifully deepened by Kate Racculia's skill with her characters, her melancholy, affecting writing about music, and her fearlessness about the loss and darkness that underline the truest humor. This is a wholly winning new novel from a writer to watch.

Synopsis:

A spirit-stirring debut about basketball, family, and an unlikely underdog who overcomes adversity to become a legend

Basketball prodigy Jimmy “Kamikaze” Kirkus is destined for the NBA. But before he can sail off into a golden future, Jimmy must reckon with a tragic past and with a curse that has haunted his family for generations. His father had been a basketball great himself, but his dreams of stardom were traded in for a hasty marriage and parenthood. Born into a house haunted by wasted talent, alcoholism, and death, will Jimmy fall victim to the Kirkus Curse or break it once and for all?

In the same vein as the wildly popular Friday Night Lights, Rules for Becoming a Legend uses sports as a lens through which to understand family, community, catastrophe, and hope. This spirit-igniting debut announces Lane as an extraordinary young writer to watch.

About the Author

"Jonathan Tropper is a genius."

-Jane Green

"Jonathan Tropper is the new breed of novelist who writes for men and women with ease and grace."

-Haven Kimmel

"A beautifully crafted book of enormous heart . . . utterly magnificent."

-Augusten Burroughs on The Book of Joe

"Tropper's book is a smart comedy of inappropriate behavior at an inopportune time."

-Publishers Weekly on How to Talk to a Widower

"A mixture of mourning and mockery . . . surprisingly moving."

-Entertainment Weekly on How to Talk to a Widower

Table of Contents

The Program

Prelude: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1982

   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1997

      Andante Misterioso

         1. Heaven Help Me for the Way I Am. . . . . . . . . . 11

         2. Rabbit Makes an Entrance.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

         3. Roommates and Mothers.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

         4. Natalie Takes the Elevator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

         5. The Face of the Bellweather.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

         6. Bad Rabbit.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

         7. Who You Are.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

         8. Alice Sees the Future. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1997

      Scherzo Agitato

         9. Clear as Crystal.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

         10. Return of the Unremarkable Cupcake.. . . . . 115

         11. Alice in the Morning.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

         12. Declarations.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

         13. Dangerous Girls.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154

         14. Big Dance Number. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

         15. Surprises.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180

         16. In the Dark. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192

   SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1997

      Allegro Furioso

         17. Alice, the Next Morning.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

         18. I Want to Believe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212

         19. Connections.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224

         20. Accelerando. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234

         21. Solo Viola. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258

         22. What Hastings Saw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265

         23. Found.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270

         24. Lost.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284

   SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1997

      Grave e Cantabile

         25. Only One Afternoon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293

         26. Songs for Two Voices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307

         27. Hatmakers Descending. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325

Postlude: AND AFTER

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DagoLA319, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by DagoLA319)
Without question the funniest book I read in 2010, and quite possibly many years. Numerous lines in this novel made me put the book down, collapse backward onto the couch, and bark at the ceiling with laughter. Fantastic, dirty, smart, and hiarious. Loved it.
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Faith Hagenhofer, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Faith Hagenhofer)
The set-up of 4 grown and wildly different siblings, brought together to sit shiva for their father, while each is at some point along the wave of their adult peaks and valleys, is wonderful. The characters pulled this novel along; really the main character, his observations, foibles, self deprecations and tribulations tried to drive, and the ride was powerful enough to pull all the rest. I loved the mother in this, as well.
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raddog49, April 18, 2010 (view all comments by raddog49)
I started reading this book thinking it would be like so many other books of its type. Dysfunctional family dramas with the standard plot line and conclusion. I was surprised to find that with each twist and turn I became more enamored with the characters.This was a great book and although at times it wrenched my heart it ended the way real life really does with the rest of the story yet to be written.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525951278
Author:
Tropper, Jonathan
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author:
Lane, Timothy S.
Author:
Racculia, Kate
Author:
Brizzi, Fausto
Subject:
General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20140513
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
A</B></p><p>&quot;Warm, entertaining and thoughtfu
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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"Staff Pick" by ,

When Judd's father dies, he joins his family for a week to observe shivah. Meanwhile, in the face of his wife's affair and a divorce on his horizon, he discovers his wife is pregnant. This doesn't much sound like a funny book, but it truly is. Tropper has the amazing ability to write both poignantly and hilariously at the same time; he seems to be able to untangle, and capture, the pathos and levity in life.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This Is Where I Leave You is able to transcend any small quibbles by being consistently surprising. Tropper keeps the reader off-balance by changing the allegiances between siblings and spouses, friends and enemies, lovers and losers....charms by allowing for messes, loose ends and the reality that there's only one sure ending for everyone."
"Review" by , "Jonathan Tropper is the new breed of novelist who writes for men and women with ease and grace."
"Synopsis" by , "For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel." &#8212;Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room that was the site of a famous murder/suicide fifteen years earlier, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with the dark and giddy pop culture pleasures of The Shining, Agatha Christie, and Glee
"Synopsis" by ,
"For its darkness and its glee, I loved this novel."  &#8212;Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from the most infamous room in the Bellweather Hotel, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with dark and giddy humor Fifteen years ago, a murder-suicide in room 712 rocked the grand old Bellweather Hotel and the young bridesmaid who witnessed it, Minnie Graves. Now hundreds of high school musicians, including quiet bassoonist Rabbit Hatmaker and his brassy diva twin, Alice, have gathered in its cavernous, crumbling halls for the annual Statewide festival; Minnie has returned to face her demons; and a colossal snowstorm is threatening to trap them all in the hotel. Then Alice's roommate goes missing&#8212;from room 712. The search for her entwines an eccentric cast of characters: conductors and caretakers, failures and stars, teenagers on the verge and adults trapped in memories. For everyone has come to the Bellweather with a secret, and everyone is haunted. Bellweather Rhapsody is a genre-bending page-turner, full of knowing nods to pop culture classics from The Shining to Agatha Christie to Glee. But its pleasures are beautifully deepened by Kate Racculia's skill with her characters, her melancholy, affecting writing about music, and her fearlessness about the loss and darkness that underline the truest humor. This is a wholly winning new novel from a writer to watch.
"Synopsis" by ,
A spirit-stirring debut about basketball, family, and an unlikely underdog who overcomes adversity to become a legend

Basketball prodigy Jimmy “Kamikaze” Kirkus is destined for the NBA. But before he can sail off into a golden future, Jimmy must reckon with a tragic past and with a curse that has haunted his family for generations. His father had been a basketball great himself, but his dreams of stardom were traded in for a hasty marriage and parenthood. Born into a house haunted by wasted talent, alcoholism, and death, will Jimmy fall victim to the Kirkus Curse or break it once and for all?

In the same vein as the wildly popular Friday Night Lights, Rules for Becoming a Legend uses sports as a lens through which to understand family, community, catastrophe, and hope. This spirit-igniting debut announces Lane as an extraordinary young writer to watch.

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