This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

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Judd Foxman is oscillating between a sea of self-pity and a "snake pit of fury and resentment" in the aftermath of the explosion of his marriage, which ended "the way these things do: with paramedics and cheesecake." Foxman is jobless (after finding his wife in bed with his boss) and renting out the basement of a "crappy house" when he is called home to sit shiva for his father--who, incidentally, was an atheist. This of course means seven days in his parent's house with his exquisitely dysfunctional family, including his mom, a sexy, "I've-still-got-it" shrink fond of making horrifying TMI statements; his older sister, Wendy, and her distracted hubby and three kids; his snarky older brother, Paul, and his wife; and his youngest brother, Phillip, the "Paul McCartney of our family: better-looking than the rest of us, always facing a different direction in pictures, and occasionally rumored to be dead."
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2009
ISBN: 9780525951278
052595127X
9780142181713
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 24 cm

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2nd Monday Book Club Discussion: March 2018. There were some in the group that did not enjoy the language and thought some that this book could be rated R for sexual content. It made for a lively discussion about language and writing styles.

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.

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.

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.


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CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

The only thing that can bring the Foxman family together is death. But even a death in the family doesn’t mean they have to get along.

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brooklynheart5
Mar 26, 2017

I enjoyed this book just as much as the movie. As a massive Jason Bateman fan, I loved reading the book and putting his face to the story as the narrator. Very funny and witty. overall, good read.

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Kmum1
Aug 27, 2016

Having seen the movie trailer a long time ago but never getting around to seeing the movie, when I found the book I knew I had to give it a go. And this one didn't dissapointment. Humourous with some laugh out loud parts, I loved Judd and the rest of his family members. Can't wait to finally check out the movie.

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KMJ_
Jul 15, 2016

The Foxman siblings come together because their mother wants them to sit Shiva after the death of their father. The book is narrated by Judd, who is angry and hurt by his recent separation from his wife. The different sibling dynamics are both entertaining and disheartening. The grieving family members squabble and connect with each other over their seven days together. The flawed characters find themselves in strange situations, but the book is a lot funnier than the premise makes it seem.

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nayoh
Jul 05, 2016

I adore this novel. It's hilarious, insightful and human. Tropper is a wonderful writer who crafts well written characters.

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kakacurt
Jan 28, 2016

Strictly a diversion read. Would not recommend anyone to read. A little to raw with overdone use of curse words that did not necessarily enhance the book

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gusmcrae
Jan 22, 2016

"This Is Where I Leave You" is a book that pulled at both ends of the emotional spectrum for me. I laughed hard (usually at the potty humor) and teared up (thinking about the loss of a parent when I realize I'm the same age as the narrator is a little bit of a punch to the gut!) At the same time, I felt like the book didn't delve as deeply as it could of into loss and family relationships (or maybe it does, but just doesn't spend as much time with the characters I was most interested in?) Still, I'm glad I picked it up and can see how it probably transferred easily to the big screen. Can't wait to check out the movie!

bklyn74 Jan 18, 2016

Laugh out loud funny, but also thoughtful and well-written.

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

At first I'd describe this novel as being about a dysfunctional family, but in fact I would venture to say that it is probably a true-to-life account of sibling rivalry, when the kids are adults. The closed-room setting of sitting Shiva is a great way to build the tension. The dialogue is sharp and much of it LOL funny. The reflections to the past, interspersed with daily life, help the reader to understand why each child carries the baggage that they do. Life doesn't always turn out the way we planned. I really enjoyed this book and its flawed characters

PaulaBlix Jan 05, 2015

I thought this was a great read. If you have seen the movie they just made from it, don't go by that. Even though Jonathan Tropper wrote the screenplay, it was really dumbed down and homogenized compared to the book. Read the book. You'll like it.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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