This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper
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This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper
352 pages
July 2010
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Click here to read reviewer Lori West's take on This Is Where I Leave You.

This is a story about a dying marriage, a dead father, decaying morals, a pregnant woman unable to conceive, and a dozen other demons and devils that inhabit the lives of these characters. But it is a comedy - or rather a dark  (very dark) and humorous look at the foibles of the Foxman meshpuchah (family): screwed up, twisted tightly, Jewish kin who try to keep it light when life goes black.

"Dad's dead," Wendy says offhandedly, like it's happened before, like it happens every day. It can be grating, this act of hers, to b e utterly unfazed at all times, even in the face of tragedy. "He died two hours ago."

"How's mom doing?"

"She's mom, you know? She wanted to know how much to tip the coroner?"
This is the opening volley between protagonist Judd Foxman and his sister Wendy. Get the idea?

The gallows humer in Tropper's narrative style has seen him compared to Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta, though he has not quite reached those levels - at least not in this book. There are too many jokes and not enough insights (where Hornby and Perrotta thrive in their work), but there are a lot of good moments here. Waiting for Tropper's next book it probably time well-spent.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2009

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