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This Is Where I Leave You by [Tropper, Jonathan]
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Very funny and scapel-sharp (THE BOOKSELLER)

[A] magnificently funny family saga...It's amazing what can happen in the hands of the casually brilliant author. Tropper steadily ratchets up the multigenerational mayhem, often involving unwieldy lust or vociferous inter-sibling squabbling, with the calm authority of someone who knows his characters from deep within his kishkes - that's Yiddish for "guts"... I urge with all my heart and kishkes: Read this one! Read and weep with laughter. (US ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY)

[A] smartly comic novel...Tropper goes on to introduce a darkly entertaining bunch of dysfunctional relatives...In assembling the book's cast of characters, Tropper achieves a lively mix...Although Mr. Tropper's dialogue here is fresh and fast, his book also has ballast. (NEW YORK TIMES)

This is a beautiful novel about men -- their lust and rage and sweetness. Read it. (THE WASHINGTON POST)

The gifted and funny Jonathan Tropper returns with the often side-splitting, mostly heartbreaking This Is Where I Leave You...real and harrowing - when it's not hilarious." (USA TODAY)

"...Often hilarious and often heartbreaking...Consistently surprising. Tropper keeps the reader off balance by changing the allegiances between siblings and spouses, friends and enemies, lovers and losers, and the result is a novel that charms by allowing for messes, loose ends, and the reality that there's only one sure ending for everyone." (LA TIMES)

The novel is artful and brilliant, filled with colorful narratives and witty dialogue...Tropper gives a genuine portrayal of marriage, sibling rancor, and the loss of a parent. The subject matter is dismal at times, but Tropper...can find the funny in any situation. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

sharply observed, beautifully bitter and very funny tale of dysfunctional family relationships. (BELLA)

A frank but funny take on relationships. (WOMAN)

Death, divorce and unemployment become the stuff of no-holds-barred comedy in an ultimately tender tale of dysfunctional family life. (BLOOMBERG.COM)

funny, heartfelt and refreshing. An excellent read. (ESSENTIALS)

Hilarious and heartbreaking (WOMAN'S WAY)

You can't go wropng with a book which opens with someone's testicles on fire! (KARIN SLAUGHTER DAILY EXPRESS)

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The Richard & Judy-selected author returns with a touching and hilarious new novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KZOQ24
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
An excellent read. As usual Jonathan Tropper succeeds in making you laugh one minute and cry the next. This story is about Judd Foxman, a man with enough personal problems to last him a lifetime who then loses his father.The expectation of being with his mother and siblings as they mourn for the week is seen as a huge challenge to face.
This book about life, love, and a man who finds himself spending seven days with his dysfunctional family is both amusing and poignant.
I cannot recommend this novel highly enough.
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By Frances Stott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2012
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It takes a rare talent to write a novel covering a very short time span, with a plot where nothing much happens, but Tropper has carried this one off beautifully.

A huusband and father dies, and his family decide to sit shiva (a Jewsh ritual in which the bereaved family receive friends and condolences) for a week following his death. The story is told in the first person by Judd, one of the sons, and it follows the events of that week. There is Mom, who seems amazingly relaxed considering the circumstances, and who harbours her own secret; son Judd, recently separated from his wife, who has left him for his boss; daughter, Wendy, and her small children and insufferable husband; son Paul and his wife Alice, who is desperately trying for a baby; and the baby of the family, Phillip, and his much older girlfriend. Relationships shift, there is grief and laughter and some sex (some reviewers have complained abotu the amount of sex in this book, but such sex as there is neither gratuitous nor out of place).

This novel is beautifully written. In places very funny, at times sad, affectionate - it has everything. The writing flows, and towards the end I had to ration my reading so as not to finish it too quickly. If you are after a fast-moving, exciting read, then maybe this is not for you. But if you enjoy first class writing, warm characters and a very human storyline, then please read it. You will not be disappointed.
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This Is Where I Leave you was being read by one of the inmates in an episode of Orange is The New Black, which was such a good series I decided to buy Jonathan Tropper's novel that has also been made into a film, released September 19, 2014. It is a tale of affairs, death, homosexuality, desperation for children, miscarriages, accidents, failure; a modern exploration of twenty first century family life, containing some real unexpected twists and secrets. The narrator is an American man who at the beginning of the novel is devastated by two life changing events and the novel is about how he and the people in his life deal with these events and help one another through harder times. I will definitely be buying the film from Amazon Instant Video.
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This is the first time I have read Jonathan Tropper and I don't think it will be the last. This author has a unique way of writing and I can feel or sense his voice in his writing. I hear this is now a major movie picture which doesn't surprise me - it really would be perfect for this book and I intend to look out for it.

Judd Foxman's father has died and the whole family is assembled for the burial and to conduct seven days of shiva which the mother says was the father's dying wish. Theres nothing worse for the Foxman family then each others company for any prolonged period of time in the same house. What surfaces is old resentments, tensions and family drama with Judd's own breakup with his wife following him finding her in bed with his boss at the centre of it. All the characters are interesting with their own individual dramas. I loved the ending because now I am not sure what's really going to happen to Judd :)
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Originally published in 2010, Jonathan Tropper's novel This Is Where I Leave You is soon to be released as a major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Connie Britton.

It tells the story of Judd Foxman, a man in his early 30s going through several setbacks including the discovery of his wife sleeping with his boss. Whilst all this is occurring, Judd must go home for Shiva following the death of his father.

This means sharing a room with his dysfunctional family; his mother, Hilary, a noted celebrity therapist; his two brothers, Paul and Philip and his sister, Wendy and all their significant others and offspring, The premise of having a family who do not communicate stuck in a room together where they have to grief as one is a common thread in American literature and comedy, making this novel ripe for the impending big screen treatment.

However, what is so refreshing about the novel is how expertly Tropper has convincingly rendered the dysfunction and disintegration of the modern American family in the modern age. His ear for dialogue is impressive and provides a real zip to proceedings which allowed this reader to not stop turning the page; if cast correctly, the delivery in the movie could be golden. Especially during the Shiva scenes themselves where Tropper's cynical observant eye is at its most uproarious. At times, this reader was laughing out loud not just from dialogue but from the situation they are presented in.

Yet you can tell Tropper wants his characters to triumph, the depiction of brain injury neighbour Horry is particularly well done with great restraint and dignity. Yet Horry is given some of the better lines in the book.

When reading the book, two famous old adages came to mind.
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