Book Review: This is Where I Leave You

Overview: Soon to be 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.

This is Where I Leave You

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My Review: I was really skeptical about this book because of the premise. I wasn’t sure how an author could make a shiva into a funny and sad novel. I somewhat reluctantly began reading it for a book club where we are going to read books then watch the movie version. I ended up liking the book a lot. The book effortlessly switches from funny to sad and back again. I usually read books with a female protagonist so I enjoyed reading a book from a male perspective. I recommend reading the book before you see the movie!