This Is Where I Leave You
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 Sternlike 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 pregnancydoubly tragic because of a previous miscarriageis followed by the dramas of Judd's siblings: his sister, Wendy, is stuck in an emotionless marriage; brother Paulalways Judd's defenderand 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. (Aug.) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Author: Jonathan Tropper
Edition: (Edition: 1St Edition)
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Release Date: 2009-08-06