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This Is Where I Leave You | [Jonathan Tropper]

This Is Where I Leave You

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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

Publisher's Summary

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Chris Gehrke 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read!"

    The reader keeps the listener engaged nicely and the story is both interesting and familiar in ways that make it humorous and too interesting to ignore.

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    Diana 03-23-15
    Diana 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dysfunctional family at its best!"

    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.

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    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 03-22-15
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to finish"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would start over.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Tropper? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ramon De Ocampo’s performances?

    No, not really.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a movie and no, I won't go.


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    KS.Bainbridge 02-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story but expectations were too high"

    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.

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    Shelby 02-11-15
    Shelby 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    The audio chapters should be split according to the chapters in the book instead of 9 long chapters aha aha

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    Jillian 02-05-15
    Jillian 02-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just OK, nothing great!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Tropper before, how does this one compare?

    No I haven't so I have nothing to compare it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narration was fine and easy to follow.


    Do you think This Is Where I Leave You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. There was a clear ending to the story, no need for follow up.


    Any additional comments?

    Would not recommend.

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    Lauren 02-03-15
    Lauren 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    Hilarious! Loved the story, contemporary to the ages yet thoughtful to the grieving. Narrator was great he was able to separate his voice to each character.

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    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 01-30-15
    Angelbaby Houston, TX USA 01-30-15 Member Since 2012

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    "I thought my family had issues!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is Where I Leave You?

    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.


    What does Ramon de Ocampo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you could take any character from This Is Where I Leave You out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Sharon United States 01-28-15
    Sharon United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Hysterical! Loved it!"

    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.

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    Alicia 01-28-15
    Alicia 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    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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