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Jonathan Troppers novel The Book of Joe dazzled critics and readers alike with its heartfelt blend of humor and pathos. Now Tropper brings all that—and more—to an irresistible new novel. In Everything Changes, Tropper delivers a touching, wickedly funny new tale about love, loss, and the perils of a well-planned life.

To all appearances, Zachary King is a man with luck on his side. A steady, well-paying job, a rent-free Manhattan apartment, and Hope, his stunning, blue-blooded fiancée: smart, sexy, and completely out of his league. But as the wedding day looms, Zack finds himself haunted by the memory of his best friend, Rael, killed in a car wreck two years earlier—and by his increasingly complicated feelings for Tamara, the beautiful widow Rael left behind.

Then Norm—Zacks freewheeling, Viagra-popping father—resurfaces after a twenty-year absence, looking to make amends. Norms overbearing, often outrageous efforts to reestablish ties with his sons infuriate Zack, and yet, despite twenty years of bad blood, he finds something compelling in his fathers maniacal determination to transform his own life. Inspired by Norm, Zack boldly attempts to make some changes of his own, and the results are instantly calamitous. Soon fists are flying, his love life is a shambles, and his once carefully structured existence is spinning hopelessly out of control.

Charged with intelligence and razor sharp wit, Everything Changes is at once hilarious, moving, sexy, and wise—a work of transcendent storytelling from an exciting new talent.

About the Author

JONATHAN TROPPER lives with his wife and two children in Westchester, New York. He is the author of two previous novels, Plan B and The Book of Joe, which is currently being developed as a motion picture by Warner Bros. Studios. Everything Changes is currently in development at Sony Pictures. Jonathan can be contacted through his website at www.jonathantropper.com.

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OneMansView, March 6, 2009 (view all comments by OneMansView)
Change is possible for those who can open to it (4.2 *s)

Life is going well for Zack King. He’s marrying beautiful, leggy, and blue-blood blonde Hope, a girl he has trouble believing has fallen for him. His job as a middleman between clients and suppliers may not be a life’s calling, but is okay. At age thirty-two, he’s trying to be everything his louse of a father was not when he essentially dropped out of the lives of his mother and two brothers many years ago. Apparently, the equanimity in his is too good to be true.

This book is a well-paced, insightful, amusing, and sympathetic look at how a man’s life can rather quickly unravel. It’s hard to say what is more disconcerting to Zack: the unexpected presence of his father Norm at his apartment door or the sudden appearance of blood in his urine. He doesn’t want to alarm Hope with his medical problem, so he seeks the consolation of Tamara, the widow of his former best friend Rael, who sadly did not survive a car wreck in which Zack was the passenger, after a night of partying in Atlantic City. Zack has been a pillar of strength for Tamara over the last two years, but his deeper feelings for her, which he has harbored for the longest time, are, much to his chagrin, starting to surface more and more.

The book is not a deep psychological study of life and relationships. It has zany moments usually involving his father who pops Viagra like it is aspirin, simply to maintain constant, though unemployed, feelings of potency. But there is enough introspection and regrouping for all the parties to begin to move beyond feelings of hurt, loss, abandonment, and, more importantly for Zack, violating trusts. The author shows a very deft touch in this well-constructed, easy-flowing book.
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Tropper, Jonathan
Movie-TV Tie-In - General
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Young men
Psychological fiction
General Fiction
Film and Television-Novelization
fiction;family;relationships;grief;new york city;novel;romance
fiction;family;relationships;grief;novel;new york city;humor;romance
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