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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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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 week-long 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.

Review:

"Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche." USA Today

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"In a wry domestic tone nicely akin to Tom Perotta's, Mr. Tropper...introduces a darkly entertaining bunch of dysfunctional relatives....This author's strong suit is wisecracks, the more irreverent the better." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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"Hilarious and often heartbreaking...a novel that charms by allowing for messes, loose ends and the reality that there's only one sure ending for everyone." The Los Angeles Times

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"[A] magnificently funny family saga.... Read and weep with laughter. Grade: A" Entertainment Weekly

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"The novel is artful and brilliant, filled with colorful narratives and witty dialogue...[Tropper] can find the funny in any situation." Associated Press

Review:

"Tender and unexpectedly hilarious." People.com

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"Jonathan Tropper is a genius." Jane Green

Review:

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

Synopsis:

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 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.

About the Author

Jonathan Tropper is the author of One Last Thing Before I Go, 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.

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Melinda Ott, August 15, 2014 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
I wanted to like this book, I really did! This title has been on my radar for some time and, since the movie version will be out soon , I thought I'd better put it at the top of my TBR list.

The good part of it, for me, was that I think the overarching store--a family coming together to sit Shiva for their faither--could make a good movie. However, I think that a number of, ahem, liberties would have to be made for that to happen. Frankly, the book just didn't live up to the promise.

I think it was from James Joyce's Ulysses where the idea that a man thinks about sex once every 11 seconds comes. Idon't know if that is true, but I think Tropper is trying to prove that in this book. Everything thought from Judd, the main character, seems to be about sex. The characters seem to talk only about sex. It's all just sex--and not really "mature" sex. Instead, it seems more like teenaged boy sex--which would be fine if this book were about a teenaged boy. But it's not. It's about adults--although I guess an argument can be made that these characters are teenagers stuck in adults' bodies.

I also was never really sure what this book was about. Is it about Judd and his family? Judd and his unfaithful wife? Judd and the girl who got away? This book was going so many directions at once that I always felt unmoored in it.

Tropper is a readable writer and there were some funny (in a potty-humor sort of way) parts in this book. But, ultimately, it was disappointment.
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Jessica Jackson, February 1, 2013 (view all comments by Jessica Jackson)
Hilarious, heartbreaking, poignant. Jonathan Tropper puts his finger on these seemingly tiny little things most people overlook. And those funny, awkward moments most people avert their eyes from? He wrote about them. And he did it well. It just occurred to me - he might be the John Cusack of authors. Or the Lena Dunham. Even though she's coming out with a book soon too. Anyway, this is my favorite Jonathan Tropper book. It's deliciously human.
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Joel Karpowitz, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Joel Karpowitz)
So funny. So real. The one book this year that I didn't just tell people I loved, but immediately lent out to people as well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452296367
Author:
Tropper, Jonathan
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.25x.81 in. .59 lbs.
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.

"Review" by , "Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche."
"Review" by , "In a wry domestic tone nicely akin to Tom Perotta's, Mr. Tropper...introduces a darkly entertaining bunch of dysfunctional relatives....This author's strong suit is wisecracks, the more irreverent the better."
"Review" by , "Hilarious and often heartbreaking...a novel that charms by allowing for messes, loose ends and the reality that there's only one sure ending for everyone."
"Review" by , "[A] magnificently funny family saga.... Read and weep with laughter. Grade: A"
"Review" by , "The novel is artful and brilliant, filled with colorful narratives and witty dialogue...[Tropper] can find the funny in any situation."
"Review" by , "Tender and unexpectedly hilarious."
"Review" by , "Jonathan Tropper is a genius."
"Review" by , "Jonathan Tropper is the new breed of novelist who writes for men and women with ease and grace."
"Synopsis" by , 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 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.

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