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.
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.
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.
Mick, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by Mick)
You think you come from a wacky, screwed-up family, well, read this one. The Foxman family comes together for Dad's shiva and all kinds of issues are raised. And all of them are wildly entertaining and emotionally raw. I'm just glad, it's not my story. Great fun and great writing.
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Julia Callahan, August 8, 2009 (view all comments by Julia Callahan)
Tolstoy wrote of all unhappy families being unhappy in different ways, well here's an unhappy family for the ages. In Tropper's book a vaguely Jewish family is forced to sit Shiva, trapped in a house for seven days, after their father dies. Chaos ensues. But it's not just funny or just painful, Tropper somehow captures the little joys, the pain, the humor, the hurt, the bordem and the anguish of life as the family tries to survive their time together. Best book I've read this year.
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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.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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.)
by Tod Goldberg, The Chicago Tribune,
"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."
by Haven Kimmel,
"Jonathan Tropper is the new breed of novelist who writes for men and women with ease and grace."
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