One Last Thing Before I Go
Jonathan Tropper
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One Last Thing Before I Go
Jonathan Tropper
336 pages
May 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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This is about a mid-life crisis, letting go, and reaching out. Drew Silver is a drummer who hasn't picked up a pair of drum sticks since his one-hit wonder band, Bent Daisies, found overnight fame with "Rest in Pieces." Since then, Silver has been arrested, divorced, confronted a pregnant teenage daughter and just generally watched his life get sucked down the long, unrelenting sewer of unfulfilled promise and failure.

In other words, this is about everyman and anybody with failed ambitions. Here, Silver looks at love.

The way he sees it, he's teetering on that edge. By his estimation, he's got maybe one last shot at any kind of real and lasting love, and that's before you take into account his warped and deeply compromised facility for it to begin with. He has loved more women than any man should. He doesn't so much fall in love as dive bomb it like a kamikaze pilot, fearless and at full throttle. He used to look at this propensity as a gift, then a curse, and now understands it to be just another way in which he is broken.
Tropper is an engaging and talented wordsmith. His characters are delightfully bent and broken, but he cares for them and gives them purpose and reason. The narrative is intense and the dialogue will make you bust out with guffaws. This is a delightful book in a sort of Nick Hornby or Tom Perrotta way, but it is decidedly all Jonathan Tropper.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2014

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