Judd Foxman has not had a good year. Shortly after catching his wife in bed with his boss (a Howard Stern-like DJ whom he works for as a producer), he learns that his father has died. Not only must Judd attend the funeral, he then has to honor his dad's dying request sitting shiva for seven days with the rest of his eccentric family, including his sex therapist mom, older brother Paul (who's married to Judd's high school sweetheart), sister Wendy, and youngest brother Phillip, who leads a carefree life of hedonism. While a few of the storylines ring cliché (namely catching your wife with your boss), this book is anything but. The dialogue between the family members is realistic, witty, and caustic. And just when you're hysterically laughing at a scene, the next one sucker punches you with the vulnerability and authenticity of Judd's emotions.
Narrator Ramon de Ocampo delivers the right tone for this novel written from Foxman's point of view dry and defeated but the nasal quality of his voice is sometimes distracting and can even border on effeminate. Besides that, his pace is perfect, as well as his voice changes for the dialogue of different characters he really shines as Judd's mother and some of the older Jewish men that drop by to pay their respects.
While This Is Where I Leave You is very funny, the truly laugh-out-loud scenes are few and far between, with the heart of the book being the very real, and very emotional trials of Judd Foxman and the relatable love/hate relationship he shares with his family members. Colleen Oakley
Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.
As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it's a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family.
©2009 Jonathan Tropper; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"The affectionate, warts-and-all portrayal of the Foxmans will have fans wishing for a sequel (and clamoring for all things Tropper)." (Amazon.com review)
"Tropper strikes an excellent balance between the family history and its present-day fallout, proving his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page-turning story." (Publishers Weekly)
This book describes a family in mourning around the patriarch's death, so the tone isn't exactly uplifting. Nevertheless, it tells an honest story of this family as they spend 7 days together and work through some of their past. Even though it has a dark tone, it is still very well written & clever. I found myself laughing at some of the sharper points of how true the story was in relation to the issues that affect all families. It was a nice well told journey that kept me interested all the way through.
I would start over.
Probably not. While the idea was good, it didn't deliver. Maybe it was the performance, or maybe it would be funnier if I was more acquainted with the jewish culture. I just didn't get the humor and will not watch the movie.
No, not really.
It is a movie and no, I won't go.
Unfortunately I saw and enjoyed the movie first. The book didn't meet my expectations. I think the narrators timing was off and he could have created a more comedic flair.
Not a fan on books, or in real life, when family members are just mean to each other. I think I would change the book so that the formerly unloving family members come together after bonding over the deaf of one of their own.
No I haven't so I have nothing to compare it.
Yes, the narration was fine and easy to follow.
Definitely not. There was a clear ending to the story, no need for follow up.
Would not recommend.
Yes I would recommend this book.
The most memorable moment of this book was when the brothers all had their moment at realizing the never stopped loving each other and that they were always brothers and even though they had individual anger, it wasn't like the anger was directed at the right person or for the right reason.
I will always say that the emotion in the readers voice is the experience that I like. I have to admit when I read a book on my own I have to read the chapters twice the first time throught to just read it and then another time to try and put emotion to it.
I would actually take the mother out to dinner, she is the one who I feel I could have a good conversation with, she has raised her kids and they all have different personalities and came out different, she had been through 40 years of marriage, experienced life and experienced the loss of a loved one. She has been through so much that I have not been through and would love to sit and talk to her about.
I have not seen the movie for this book yet, but now I am ready to see it, this book made me laugh, made me feel sad and sorry for some characters, cheer for the characters at times, and relate to them. I am ready to see how they made this book come to life on the big screen.
Hysterical! I seriously horse laughed at certain parts of this book! It's real life humor and situations that I loved so much that I immediately bought his book How to Talk to a Widower. Btw, the movie was not near as good as the book.
I picked this book up in an Audible BOGO event and I absolutely loved it!
The recap goes as such; 4 siblings come together to sit Shiva for 7 days. They aren't quite sure how to deal in such close proximity for that long and of course some family drama ensues.
There were several parts of the book that I found myself literally laughing out loud! There were some very descriptive scenes and some vulgarity, but it didn't bother me. Highly recommended!!
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