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This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel

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22 out of 22 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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11 out of 22 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 August 24, 2010

    this is where i leave you

    this is one of the best written views on how men handle conflicts that happen in a relationship. some of the dialogue was tedious, but overall it was insightful from a man's point of view. i felt bad for him, and i was mad at his wife for her lack of respect to bring someone into their home (bed) but some people do this w/o thinking of the effect it has on the other person. only thing i didn't like was situation was left unresolved and i like books to complete the cycle.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    This was a fun read but not a show stopper.

    This was a fun read but not a show stopper.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    Very, very funny book.  Dysfunctional family and interesting vie

    Very, very funny book.  Dysfunctional family and interesting view point from Judd's position.  Most books I read are written from a female narrative standpoint so this was kind of a refreshing change.  It was worth reading, especially since i  heard they are going to be making a movie (which I am sure will be very good!). 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Too graphic; lacks editing

    The author seems to have written this one-handed, if you get my drift. Also the repetition of key phrases - "spread thighs," "slide into her," "chest filled with phlegm" - point to a difficult writer, sloppy manuscript or lazy editor.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    As I find myself in a similar situation as Judd, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Aside from a very male interpretation of the sexual encounters,Tropper described my feelings pointedly. I am casting the movie in my head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    It started a little slow but turned out to be an amusing story.

    It started a little slow but turned out to be an amusing story. Easy read and entertaining.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Recommended

    This was a good and refreshing read. A lot of laughs. Not my typical kind of book that I read, but gave it a try and was very glad I did. I'll buy his next book to see what he comes up with next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    Pretty good!

    Reminded me of the relationships I have with my siblings!

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Depressing

    The writing is beautiful, funny and insightful. But the characters, although created with detail, emotion and drama, are depressing. I don't know if there was one character I truly cared about and that makes it hard for me to get through a book. I have loved all of Tropper's earlier books, but this one left me feeling kinda bad.

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