Synopses & Reviews
Turning thirty was never supposed to be like this. Ten years ago, Ben, Lindsey, Chuck, Alison, and Jack graduated from New York University and went out into the world, fresh-faced and full of dreams for the future. But now Ben's getting a divorce; Lindsey's unemployed; Alison and Chuck seem stuck in ruts of their own making; and Jack is getting more publicity for his cocaine addiction than his multimillion-dollar Hollywood successes.
Suddenly, turning thirty-- past the age their parents were when they were born, older than every current star athlete or pop music sensation-- seems to be both more meaningful and less than they'd imagined ten years ago.
Jonathan Tropper's wonderful debut novel is about more than friendship, love, celebrity, addiction, kidnapping, or even turning thirty-- it's a heartfelt comic riff on what it means to be an adult against your will, to be single when you thought you'd have a family, to discover you are not, in fact, immortal, and to learn that Star Wars is as good a life lesson today as it was when you were six years old.
Ten years ago, Ben, Lindsey, Chuck, Alison, and Jack graduated from NYU; now they're facing divorce, unemployment, boredom, and even drug addiction. It seems the one thing they've learned in the last 10 years is that nothing turns out the way they planned.
In his debut, acclaimed bestselling author Jonathan Tropper captured the anxiety and humor of a group of friends as they near their thirtieth birthdays and have to come to terms with a milestone that they never thought would be like this. Ten years ago, they went into the world full of dreams for the future. But now Bens getting a divorce, Lindseys unemployed, Alison and Chuck are stuck in ruts, and Jack is getting more publicity for his cocaine addiction than his Hollywood success. Suddenly, turning thirty seems to be both more meaningful and less than theyd imagined it to be.
Troppers endearing novel is about more than love, celebrity, addiction, kidnapping, or even turning thirty; its a heartfelt comic riff on what it means to be an adult against your will.
About the Author
Jonathan Tropper is also the author of This Is Where I Leave You, How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, and The Book of Joe. 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 Bros. studios.