This Is Where I Leave You Author:Jonathan Tropper 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 dys... more »functional 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 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.« less
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Have you ever read a book and when it was done you were still not sure what you thought of it? This is a book written by a man but I am not really sure this a book a man would enjoy. It was about a man who is confused, and I dont see many men really wanting to read about that like women like to read about women being confused and finding themselves after there husbands leave them.
This is a book about a man and clearly written by a man. As a woman sometimes, I find the writing about the male mentality, and sex drive, honest but blunt. I think the author honestly portrays how men think and feel, and he can write some really honest dialogue that I could see happening in my own home. Snarky, honest ,biting humor and digs.
Our main character's dad dies, and on his deathbed, requests that his family do a SHIVA or 7 days of mourning together in New York. Paul is 17 months older than JUDD the main character, and Wendy his sister is about 2 years younger then there is Philip who is 9 years younger. So as you can guess, the whole family is dysfunctional as the dad and mother were very absent parents.
Right before his the Fathers death, Judd walks in on his Wife, having sex with Judd's Boss, plus she is pregnant. His life is a mess, but so are the lives of siblings. Paul is trying to get his wife Alice, pregnant, Philip is dating a woman much older than him who used to be his Therapist, and Wendy's Husband Barry, is in high finance, and ignores his 3 kids. These 4 adult-kid's mother is an author of a parenting book, and dresses like a sluttly cougar, and has fake D sized boobs. Being this close in proximity for 7 days is doing to do a lot of damage and a lot of healing. It wont all end a pretty little package, so actually that is a plus for this book, cause life goes on and real family issues dont get resolved in 7 days of proximity.
Overall I would say this is a book not to miss, cause it will have you thinking about some of the truths long after they drive off into the sunset.
A funny and fast read. I think at times his obsession with sexual fantasies was a bit much, but then again, it did make for some funny scenes. I certainly found myself laughing and often reading passages to my husband. I can't say that i felt much pity for any of the characters, as they were all a bit self absorbed, but a good read.