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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

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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:

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.

Synopsis:

What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, its a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have—by making every moment count

Womanizing, imperfect but loveable Lucio Battistini has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping in the stock room of his father-in-laws bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begins the last hundred days of Lucios life, as he attempts to care for his family, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasnt felt in years. From helping his hopelessly romantic, widowed father-in-law find love, discovering comfort in enduring friendships, and finding new ones, Lucio becomes, at last, the man hes always meant to be. In 100 epigrammatic chapters, one for each of Lucios remaining days on earth,

100 Days of Happiness is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. Wistful, often hilarious, and always delectable, 100 Days of Happiness reminds us all to remember the preciousness of life and what matters most.

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

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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
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Tropper, Jonathan
Author:
Brizzi, Fausto
Author:
Lane, Timothy S.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20150224
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
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 ,
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.

"Synopsis" by ,
What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, its a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have—by making every moment count

Womanizing, imperfect but loveable Lucio Battistini has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping in the stock room of his father-in-laws bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begins the last hundred days of Lucios life, as he attempts to care for his family, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasnt felt in years. From helping his hopelessly romantic, widowed father-in-law find love, discovering comfort in enduring friendships, and finding new ones, Lucio becomes, at last, the man hes always meant to be. In 100 epigrammatic chapters, one for each of Lucios remaining days on earth,

100 Days of Happiness is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. Wistful, often hilarious, and always delectable, 100 Days of Happiness reminds us all to remember the preciousness of life and what matters most.

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