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This Is Where I Leave You

A Novel

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A riotously funny, emotionally raw New York Times bestselling novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.

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...

“Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.”—USA Today 


From Publishers Weekly

May 18, 2009 – Tropper returns with a snappy and heartfelt family drama/belated coming-of-age story. Judd Foxman s wife, Jen, has left him for his boss, a Howard Stern like radio personality, but it is the death of his father and the week of sitting shivah with his enjoyably dysfunctional family that motivates him. Jen s announcement of her pregnancy doubly tragic because of a previous miscarriage is followed by the dramas of Judd s siblings: his sister, Wendy, is stuck in an emotionless marriage; brother Paul always Judd s defender and his wife struggle with infertility; and the charming youngest, Phillip, attempts a grown-up relationship that only highlights his rakishness. Presided over by their mother, a celebrated parenting expert despite her children s difficulties, the mourning period brings each of the family members to unexpected epiphanies about their own lives and each other. The family s interactions are sharp, raw and often laugh-out-loud funny, and Judd s narration is unflinching, occasionally lewd and very keen. Tropper strikes an excellent balance between the family history and its present-day fallout, proving his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page-turning story.

Customer Reviews

Really really good book

In addition to having a well thought out plot, this book is exceedingly hilarious. The author did a great job of including lots of humor and sarcasm. Loved it.

This is Where I Leave You

Overall I enjoyed the book. I related to the story having just lost my own mother and being with my siblings for almost a week. My siblings too have weird connections and hidden emotions about the past. Some aspects of the story were very funny. I laughed aloud while reading. However, there was just a bit too much emphasis on graphic sex for me. It seemed too casual and given too much emphasis.

This is where I leave you

This book was enjoyable from start to finish. Great humor and sometimes I just wanted to reread a paragraph, it had made such an impact. Some of the thoughts were ones I had inside my heart and it was astonishing to see them in print.

This Is Where I Leave You
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family
  • Published: Aug 06, 2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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