Thursday, November 13, 2014

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

For Judd Foxman, life lately has been a series of one body blow after another.  His wife Jen has left him for his boss.  His father has passed away.  Jen is pregnant.  And now Judd’s mother has informed him of his father’s dying wish: that the family sit shivah, spending seven days after the funeral together, living under the same roof for the first time in years.  As days go by, with old grudges surfacing and more than enough tension to go around, Judd tries to deal with (and avoid) the life he’s lost and the family he’s lost touch with.

As hilarious as it is raw, Thisis Where I Leave You is a near perfect combination of humor, dysfunction, emotion, and love.  The Foxman’s are richly idiosyncratic, both loving and infuriating in a way only families can be.  At times hysterically funny (I laughed out loud more than once), cringe-worthy, and even a little bit hopeful, this book was excellent – I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining and emotional read (so long as you don’t mind a little graphic humor now and again).

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