This Is Where I Leave You
This Is Where I Leave You made my bout with seasonal flu almost a pleasure. The novel is impiously, devilishly funny. Judd Foxman must sit shiva for his atheist father with his equally non-believing family. This means he will be staying in the basement (he's the last to arrive) of his childhood home with his mother, brothers and sister, their spouses, children and lovers. One week with this bunch and family secrets seep and ultimately gush out. It's a splendid conceit especially since only a few days before his father's death Judd catches his wife in (extremely comical) flagrante delicto with his boss! A warm current runs through this ocean of hilarity because Judd really does mourn his father's death. Sharing his grief and nostalgia eventually unites him with his siblings and mother. And I won't say what happens with his wife, but this novel worked better for me than any antiviral drug.
Indie Next ListAugust 2009
Mort Foxman's dying wish is that his wife and four children sit shiva for him. With acute and sardonic perception, we view these seven days of enforced togetherness through the eyes of the middle son, Judd. The result is a narrative that is both hilarious and poignant. You won't want to miss this one! -- Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
Now a major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver
"Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche." --USA Today
The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.
This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's (One Last Thing Before I Go) most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.
About the Author
Jonathan Tropper is the author of One Last Thing Before I Go, How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, and Plan B. 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 Brothers Studios and is a screenwriter, co-creator, and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television show Banshee (produced by alan Ball), premiering in 2013.