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This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel

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24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

What A Perfect Book!

Jonathan Tropper is known for his hilarious and clever novels, and he does not disappoint with his latest creation, This Is Where I Leave You.

Judd Foxman's life is a mess. He comes home early from work to find his beautiful wife, Jen, in bed with another man. And no...
Jonathan Tropper is known for his hilarious and clever novels, and he does not disappoint with his latest creation, This Is Where I Leave You.

Judd Foxman's life is a mess. He comes home early from work to find his beautiful wife, Jen, in bed with another man. And not just any man, but his boss. After moving out of his charming suburban home and into a shoddy basement apartment, he is informed of his father's death. Suprisingly, although he was never a religious man, his dad's dying wish was for his family to sit Shiva for one week, in his honor. Reluctantly, Judd heads to his mother's house.

Judd's family is a comedy lover's dream. Dysfunctional doesn't even begin to describe this clan. His mother is a world renowned parenting expert who can't even begin to understand her own children. His youngest brother, Philip, is a playboy who is constantly finding himself in one crisis or another. He comes to the family home with a guest that no one can quite figure out. Paul, his older brother, harbors a lot of resentment towards Judd. He and his wife are also struggling with fertility issues. His sister, Wendy, is his rock. But she is stuck is a loveless marriage and dealing with her own romantic disasters. Now all these siblings are forced to stay under the same roof. Add to this list a number of oddball mourners who come to pay their respects and you've got a week of dysfunctional comic drama. The repercussions are laugh out loud funny and poignant at the same time.

As I read this book, I couldn't help but think that it would make an amazing movie. The characters are just so oddly lovable and relatable. The family dynamic is incredibly familiar and easy to identify with. The Foxman's are everyone's family. Sure, they are somewhat eccentric and manipulative, but the love they have for each other is clear. Yes, they may despise each other at times, but underneath the chaos is an undying loyalty to each other. And isn't that pretty much how every family works?

posted by hesitanthousewife on September 24, 2009

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12 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

not recommended

This book is not what I expected it would be. First I may be too old to enjoy the abundance of foul language. The humor is over the top. I do not find it amusing but just a little sick.

posted by mbform on February 1, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Unimpressed

    Unless you enjoy reading about extremely dysfunctional families and foul language, don't bother.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2009

    packaged mediocre buffet

    story line is a great launch, and characters have flavor, and lines are full of witty hunor, BUT, it is a trite story, with predictable cliche and scripted endings. biggest flaw is that author felt comelled to toss in EVERYTHING, was that lesbianism neceassary? the book reads like a heavy meal with so many incongruous choices, that you feel sick at the end instead of satisfied.

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