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 is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
It wasn't hard to get involved in this family. They are all slightly dysfunctional.I don't know what the payout was in the end; other than knowing each other better. If the exercise could be done for a lot of families with adult children having problems with the different personalities involved, maybe life would be better. I liked the idea of the story and most of the characters. maybe I am old school, but when family is gathered to mourn a passed family member, I don't think there would be as much sex going on. It wasn't overdone, maybe disrespectful in their dead father's home.
I enjoyed the story. There are a lot of funny laugh out loud moments and the characters persona were well developed. The narration fell a little flat sometimes, but the protagonist is a bit deflated so it often fit. I was annoyed by the voice he used for the female characters.
Judd walks in on his wife having sex with his boss and his father has died. This is his story of grief for both as well as for his life. Good narration, good story.
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.
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.
Reading is a great source for an old guy trying to reinvent himself
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.
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.
Better story, interesting charaters
Not the genre but definitely the author.
I hated the narrator. He whines.
Too many to list.
I'd like to get my money back for this book. A total waste of a book credit.
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Yes crazy family drama glad I'm not related to any of them
The sons they sure had issues
No I haven't but I will check out the authors other books
No not unless the family has another reason to gather together again for some reason
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