Synopses & Reviews
Following the New York Times bestseller This Is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper’s latest novel is a moving, funny look at one broken family’s attempt to reconnect
— without destroying each other in the process.
Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy Silver can’t quite bring himself to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant — because he’s the one she cares least about letting down. With the wedding looming and Casey in crisis, this broken family struggles, bonds, and comes together only to risk damaging each other even more. Lives begin anew, change radically, or in Silver’s case — as he discovers that he could die at any moment without an operation he refuses to have — may be about to end in an instant. One Last Thing Before I Go demonstrates yet again Tropper’s deft touch with the darkest of materials and his ability to make readers laugh out loud in one paragraph and move them to tears in the next.
"In Tropper's latest comic novel (after This Is Where I Leave You), 44-year-old Drew Silver, the washed-up drummer for one-hit wonders the Bent Daisies, refuses lifesaving surgery to fix a torn aorta he realizes, after all, 'that the lives of everyone close to him seem to improve dramatically once they leave him behind.' Eight years ago, Silver's band hit it big, he behaved badly, and his wife, Denise, filed for divorce. He has never forgiven himself for losing his family, and since the split, he has languished by the Jersey Turnpike in an efficiency hotel and drummed his life away at weddings and bat mitzvahs. To make his imminent demise even worse, it's just weeks before Denise remarries (Silver's doctor), and Silver's Princeton-bound, 18-year-old daughter, Casey, reveals that she's pregnant. Silver has decided to let nature run its course, but a ministroke leaves him unwittingly voicing his desire to 'Be a better man,' sparking a joint effort to reunite their family. Though Silver's charm doesn't translate on the page, Tropper fans can rest easy plans are in the works to bring Silver to the silver screen. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“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
“Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking…. [Tropper’s] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.”—USA Today
“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
“[A] magnificently funny family saga…. Read and weep with laughter.
“Tropper… [proves] his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page turning story.”
— Publishers Weekly on This is Where I Leave You
“This is a beautiful novel about men -- their lust and rage and sweetness.”
— The Washington Post, on This is Where I Leave You
“Artful and brilliant, filled with colorful narratives and witty dialogue.”
— Associated Press on This is Where I Leave You
“It’s amazing what can happen in the hands of the casually brilliant author. . . . Read and weep with laughter.”
“Tropper gets men. He's a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.”
— USA Today on This is Where I Leave You
“A tender and unexpectedly hilarious take on the messiness of family life.”
"Tropper’s characters are likably zany and fallible, and perhaps more important, funny. One Last Thing Before I Go
is a poignant story about facing death and celebrating life, even when things seem well beyond repair." --Newsweek/The Daily Beast on One Last Thing Before I Go
"The richly talented Tropper (This Is Where I Leave You) has created an acerbic, middle-aged lost soul who will ultimately illuminate the reasons we stick around on this lopsided planet despite significant temptation to let it go. Readers will love Silver and want to throttle him in equal measure. Eminently quotable, hilariously funny, and emotionally draining, this arresting tour de force will entertain well after the book is done." -Library Journal (starred review) on One Last Thing Before I Go
“…a bristling, witty tale of woe that'll make you appreciate whatever good things, no matter how few, have come your way.” –Entertainment Weekly on One Last Thing Before I Go
The bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You returns with a hilarious and heart-rending tale about one familiy's struggle to reconnect.
“Mistakes have been made.” Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant — because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.
So when Silver learns that he requires emergency life-saving heart surgery, he makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to spend what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment — even if that moment isn’t going to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.
About the Author
Jonathan Tropper is the New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels; Plan B, The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How To Talk to a Widower, and This Is Where I Leave You. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He is also a screenwriter, and the co-creator and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television show Banshee (produced by Alan Ball), premiering in 2013.