Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You, (2009), 339p
My partner is a fan of Tropper. This book and One Last Thing Before I Go have been sitting on our bookshelves taunting me for some time. Granted, I typically don’t take kindly to his reading suggestions (ahem, Christopher Moore…)
But, somehow this book wiggled it’s way into my brain (likely because the movie came out and I pretty much refuse to watch movies of books I haven’t read) so I dove in.
Judd Foxman can’t win. His wife is sleeping with his boss. Oh wait, she is also pregnant with Judd’s baby. Another kick to his gut – his dad passes away and for dying wish wants his dysfunctional family to sit shiva for seven days. Together. Forced to hash out old sibling feuds and rivalries, the Foxman family tumble into old family roles while trying to rebuild, relearn, and re”love”.
Was this my favourite book? Nope. It was pretty misogynistic. But there were some laughs and groans. There was quite a bit of heart and hurt behind these characters. Quasi entertaining but not something to five-star rate.
I haven’t seen the movie, but honestly all I could picture throughout reading this book was Adam Driver’s sweet little face. Because, film casting.