This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel (Paperback)

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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.

— From Diane

August 2009 Indie Next List

“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

Winter 2011 Reading Group List

“Jonathan Tropper delivers perfectly-timed punches with a good dose of laughter in this depiction of a heartfelt week of loss, mourning, forgiveness, and discovery as the Foxman family is held together -- some would say held captive -- under one roof to sit shiva. Tropper doesn't miss a beat. It's too bad you can't catch up with fictional characters over a beer in a few months. I'll miss these guys.”
— Lisa Baudoin, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI


A riotously funny, emotionally raw New York Times bestselling novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.

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...

“Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.”—USA Today 


About the Author

Jonathan Tropper is the New York Times bestselling 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 adapted This Is Where I Leave You as a feature film for Warner Brothers Studios was a screenwriter, co-creator, and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television show Banshee (produced by Alan Ball).

Praise For…

Praise for This Is Where I Leave You

“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

“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. Grade: A”—Entertainment Weekly

“The novel is artful and brilliant, filled with colorful narratives and witty dialogue....[Tropper] can find the funny in any situation.”—Associated Press

“Tender and unexpectedly hilarious.”—
Product Details
ISBN: 9780452296367
ISBN-10: 0452296366
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: July 6th, 2010
Pages: 368
Language: English