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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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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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    Mary A. Stucki Rochester, NY United States 01-19-15
    Mary A. Stucki Rochester, NY United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Laugh or cry? Death or living?"

    Really enjoyed it; found myself laughing out loud while listening and driving... And almost crying sometimes too. No matter where you are in life, there is something to take away from this story.
    Enjoy!

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    Jesmh4 North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-09-15
    Jesmh4 North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-09-15

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    Not funny, not interesting, not a realistic family dynamic, just plain not good. Wish I'd just watched the movie instead of wasting so many hours of my life listening to this hoping it would redeem itself in the end. Spoiler alert, it doesn't.

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    Steve 01-07-15
    Steve 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny & Touching!"

    I really enjoyed the story and it I hope that the movie follows the book, but I bet it won't!

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    Kendall United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-05-15
    Kendall United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-05-15 Member Since 2014

    Reading is a great source for an old guy trying to reinvent himself

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    "Much ado about nihilism"

    This book had to be good, right? I mean a major motion picture, bestseller list,competent writer with an ear for striking metaphors; how could we go wrong?but In the end there is nothing. The characters go their dysfunctional ways, wallow in their disloyalties, practice their incompetencies; and learn, from all appearances, nothing.

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    Ilana Jerusalem, Israel 01-04-15
    Ilana Jerusalem, Israel 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "With both laughter and tears"

    You wouldn't expect so many moments of hilarity while sitting shiva. Tropper hits just the right balance.
    Very impressed with the narrator's pronunciation of the Hebrew words.

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    A. Hardy D.C, 12-31-14
    A. Hardy D.C, 12-31-14 Member Since 2013

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    "This Where I Leave You"
    What would have made This Is Where I Leave You better?

    Better story, interesting charaters


    Has This Is Where I Leave You turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre but definitely the author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I hated the narrator. He whines.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Is Where I Leave You?

    Too many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to get my money back for this book. A total waste of a book credit.

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    iosfangirl 12-14-14
    iosfangirl 12-14-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story will see the movie now"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes crazy family drama glad I'm not related to any of them


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The sons they sure had issues


    Have you listened to any of Ramon de Ocampo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I will check out the authors other books


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

    No not unless the family has another reason to gather together again for some reason


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    shawn 12-10-14
    shawn 12-10-14
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    "That is were you leave me??......"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending......


    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to this book for two days to finish it. In that I will say that I enjoyed the book until you realize that you will get no answer in the end.. Was happy with the book, Laughed, listened intently and felt like crying ( had a similar situation to the book ) but in the end I felt that I had just read two thirds of the book to not hear the last of it..

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    Teri Wildt Nashville, TN United States 11-24-14
    Teri Wildt Nashville, TN United States 11-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Truly From a Man's Perspective"
    Would you listen to This Is Where I Leave You again? Why?

    No. Story was very much from a man's perspective...in all manner of thinking!


    Any additional comments?

    Decent road trip book.

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    Aurora 10-22-14
    Aurora 10-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "High expectations of this, considering the cast"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not exactly, the book was fine. I like books with dry humor and unexpected twists.


    Did Ramon de Ocampo do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ramon de Ocampo did a great job of differentiating the characters. Even if my mind may have wandered for a second, I would know who was speaking without him saying. He even did female voices well - it didn't sound stupid when he did it. The only thing is that sometimes his narrating voice seemed TOO dry and it made me not like the story very much. It was almost depressing.


    Could you see This Is Where I Leave You being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Already made into a movie. I haven't seen it yet, but I can already pick out who is who by the movie poster and it looks like the casting fits well.


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