This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
A Novel

88%

27 Critic Reviews

Tropper...has covered this man-child territory before, but few can rival his poignant depictions of damaged men befuddled by the women they love.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Now a major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver

"Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche." --USA Today

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's (One Last Thing Before I Go) most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.
 

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 July 7, 2009 by Dutton. 404 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for This Is Where I Leave You
All: 27 | Positive: 26 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

Tropper...has covered this man-child territory before, but few can rival his poignant depictions of damaged men befuddled by the women they love.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Aug 12 2009

...Mr. Tropper’s dialogue here is fast and fresh...

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff O'Neal on Jul 29 2010

There are no two ways about it: Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You is a damn funny book.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Wilson Knut on Sep 27 2009

This is simply a fun read. It’s funny. It’s human.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Alexis Burling on Jan 23 2011

His special blend of wry humor, pitch-perfect dialogue and on-the-mark pacing make for a wickedly amusing read...

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason Anderson on Sep 23 2009

Tropper's many sarcastic one-liners and displays of broad comedy are interspersed with moments that express a softer-hearted take on the characters and their woes.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Aug 13 2009

The emotions feel real and sometimes painfully raw, but Tropper spins them with laugh-out-loud and often absurd humor, keeping the overall tone optimistic.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Aug 07 2009

...since the menschy soulfulness that infuses Tropper's writing may be this brimming novel's most delicate gift of all, I urge with all my heart and kishkes: Read this one! Read and weep with laughter.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Tod Goldberg on Aug 16 2009

...a novel that charms by allowing for messes, loose ends and the reality that there's only one sure ending for everyone.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Carolyn Kubisz on Feb 07 2013

Tropper is spot-on with his observations of family relationships...Tropper’s characters are real, flawed, and very likable, making for a great summer read.

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BookPage

Good
Reviewed by Harvey Freedenberg on Aug 03 2009

Tropper’s triumph in this sly and sympathetic novel lies in making us care deeply about a group of people who on the surface aren’t especially likeable and who ruthlessly expose each other’s character flaws as they engage in some shockingly bad behavior...The story of the Foxman family is messy, painful, funny, sad and, in the end, oh so real.

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Tampa Bay Times

Good
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Aug 21 2009

The book also benefits from Tropper's sense of pacing and smart dialogue.

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The New Zealand Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Nicky Pellegrino on Apr 20 2010

The humour is rueful and wry, interspersed with the odd searing one-liner and refreshing bouts of political incorrectness. Plot-wise, Tropper is sticking too closely to the same winning formula.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Madison Vain on Sep 26 2014

This is Where I Leave You is a fabulously wry tale about dysfunctional relatives...It’s a unique balance between crass and callous remarks and a very gentle delivery of life’s deeper truths. While I haven’t see the movie, this is definitely a story and family worth digging through.

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Fiction Writers Review

Good
on Aug 25 2010

...Jonathan Tropper mines the hilarity from dysfunction in a belated coming-of-age story.

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Spectrum Culture

Excellent
Reviewed by David Harris on Sep 26 2010

Take a moment and laugh...

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Billings Gazette

Good
on Aug 14 2009

The subject matter is at times dismal, but Tropper can find the funny in any situation.

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Creative Loafing

Good
Reviewed by Wyatt Williams on Feb 07 2013

This Is Where I Left You moves quickly...so it’s not a bad choice for summer vacation.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by ael429 on Feb 07 2013

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good tear here and there, happy or sad.

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Booking Mama

Excellent
Reviewed by Julie P. on Oct 17 2012

I adored every page of this novel from the unique cast of characters, to the way the author captured the essence of a dysfunctional family, to the incredibly funny (and even outrageous) scenes...Overall, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is one of the best books that I've read this year...Highly recommended!

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Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Apr 02 2012

Judd’s family is completely ridiculous, but they never come across as caricatures. Tropper has an incredible ability to write the absurd...The sheer wit and grace of This Is Where I Leave You make it worth reading. It’s a snappy read, quick from beginning to end, and completely gripping.

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Rhapsody in Books

Excellent
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on May 01 2010

I enjoyed this book immensely. And while I laughed quite often, it is a book about leaving – whether through death or separatio...So it has some sad moments as well. But really, not too many; it’s more like a Seinfeld episode, in which pathos is just an excuse for another comedy routine. Highly recommended!

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Raging Biblioholism

Good
Reviewed by Drew o on Jun 09 2012

It’s perhaps a little too paint-by-numbers for me to truly find it excellent. However, it’s genuinely laugh-out-loud funny and has a wonderful sense of heart. It doesn’t change anything, it doesn’t do anything new with the genre – but that’s okay.

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Alpha Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Danielle on Feb 24 2013

...he writes witty, warts and all, hit-rock-bottom and laugh-out-loud damaged characters that I love/pity/fear because I find a little too much of myself in them. And he’s funny. My God! Belly-aching laughs amid truly awful circumstances – reading a Jonathan Tropper book is like trying to suppress a giggle at a funeral...

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Book Rap

Above average
Reviewed by Michael Blumenfield on Oct 03 2014

In my opinion what is missing in this book and what prevents it from being a great novel is that there is no real plot. In the future when the author comes up with an intriguing story line and adds his uncanny ability to capture inner feelings and thoughts, I believe he will bring his writing to a new award winning level.

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The Mad hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review

Good
Reviewed by The Mad Hatter on Oct 02 2009

Deeply biting, emotional, and outrageously funny—you'll find yourself laughing on one page and tearing up on the next...I have absolutely no complaints on this read though the somewhat up in the air ending, which seemed very fitting may bother some.

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Huntington News

Good
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Jul 07 2010

It's a wonderful effort by an author who understands family dynamics.

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