“This is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper

 

Read it, or save your time?

A refreshingly candid and witty account of a dysfunctional family that will literally have you laughing out loud. Tropper incorporates a man’s thoughts and perceptions in a way that comes across as very real and honest, which as a female I found particularly interesting.

 

What’s it about?

Judd Foxmans life is in shambles.  After walking in on his beautiful wife having sex with his douchey, radio personality boss, he suddenly finds himself unemployed, single, and living in a dingy basement apartment eating and drinking himself into oblivion.  When he finds out his father has lost his battle with cancer, he heads home to honor his father’s dying wish of having the entire family sit shiva for a full seven days. Dreading the idea of being cooped up with his three emotionally cut-off siblings and their quirky mother, he thinks he has hit bottom – until his estranged wife shows up and announces she’s pregnant with his baby.

As the over the top but nonetheless real-feeling drama and dysfunction unfolds, you can’t help but cry with laughter, and commiserate with the feelings of anger, resentment, and pure love that only your family can simultaneously make you feel.

Reviewer’s Note:

This book is well-written book without being ostentatious and annoying – the perfect combo.   And although most parts are comical, there are quite a few serious moments and profound thoughts that will make you feel like Tropper just really gets it.

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