One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

87%

15 Critic Reviews

...has all the qualities Tropper fans love about his previous novels, with new depth.
-Blog Critics

Synopsis

The bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You returns with a hilarious and heart-rending tale about one familiy's struggle to reconnect.

“Mistakes have been made.” Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.

So when Silver learns that he requires emergency life-saving heart surgery, he makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to spend what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment—even if that moment isn’t going to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.

 

About Jonathan Tropper

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Jonathan Tropper is the author of One Last Thing Before I Go, How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, and Plan B. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College. He is currently adapting This Is Where I Leave You as a feature film for Warner Brothers Studios and is a screenwriter, co-creator, and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television show Banshee (produced by alan Ball), premiering in 2013. 
 
Published August 21, 2012 by Dutton. 335 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for One Last Thing Before I Go
All: 15 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Jul 22 2012

Tropper entertainingly examines the angst of middle-age masculinity as he looks at Silver, a man both growing up and growing old.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jul 23 2012

...Silver’s charm doesn’t translate on the page...

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Matt Margolis on Aug 22 2012

...has all the qualities Tropper fans love about his previous novels, with new depth.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Kim Schmidt on Aug 17 2012

...deep and thoughtful, light and silly, clichéd yet original.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Rob Brunner on Aug 08 2012

...gut-punch exploration of family and failure, it's still a bristling, witty tale of woe...

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Oregon Live

Good
Reviewed by Special to The Oregonian on Sep 01 2012

As Silver rakes himself over the coals, we become very attached to him. We don't want to say goodbye. And that's the sign of a talented author writing at the top of his game.

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City Book Review

Good
on Nov 21 2012

Jonathan Tropper is skillful in the sense that he truly understands people and readers will empathize in upturned pebbles of time-acquired wisdom...

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20Something Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Magras on Aug 30 2012

Tropper’s latest work is proof that, in the hands of a good writer, there’s no such thing as men’s fiction or women’s fiction. There’s only good fiction.

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Newsday

Excellent
Reviewed by Hannah Sampson on Sep 12 2012

...Tropper has created a character so hapless and endearing that the reader can't help but take the journey with Silver -- no matter where it leads.

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We Love This Book

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer Ryan on Feb 07 2013

Silver and Casey’s fragile but heartfelt attempts to reconnect...saves Silver from being a completely unlikeable and irritating protagonist and thus elevating Tropper’s novel from mediocre to memorable.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on Aug 29 2012

One Last Thing Before I Go is Jonathan Tropper at his funny, insightful, heartbreaking best.

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The New Zealand Herald

Good
Reviewed by Nicky Pellegrino on Jan 20 2013

It is a heartfelt, witty, brilliantly observed novel, even wise at times, so even if it's not quite up there laughwise with Tropper's previous titles, One Last Thing Before I Go is still a rewarding read.

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The Coast

Excellent
on Jan 11 2013

One Last Thing Before I Go is full of familial frailty and unexpected fealty, and it’s nothing short of glorious.

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Baby Got Books

Good
on Feb 07 2013

...this book is funny and endearing and tackles a number of delicate situations with style an unexpected grace.

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Gather Books

Good
Reviewed by Gil Wilson on Dec 08 2012

Poignant, witty, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time is what makes this book a great read.

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