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Editorial 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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • jeanjie
  • Jupiter, FL United States
  • 03-13-17

Very comical.

Always kept my attention. Everyone may find at least one character that they 'recognize'. As sarcastic and critical that the characters were, I actually got tears in my eyes at the end.

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Good Story Line

Enjoyed the sequence of events and interaction between the family members with each other and non-family members.

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witty, serious, engaging

first time reading this author. his sarcastic way of interpreting life events made for an excellent
story. narration was also perfectly suited. highly recommend

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A heck of a story

I picked up this book and couldn’t put it down. I know the Foxman family is totally unrealistic with its interactions and over the top situations that Judd finds himself in but it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable. I found it heartfelt, interesting, well written and funny all at the same time. A great book for those who are feeling a bit down on their situations to help put it all in perspective and give you some food for thought.

Mr. De Ocampo does a great job with the narration and bringing all of the characters to life, from the kids to the elders!

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Highly Recommended!!!! Troppers best book

Would you listen to This Is Where I Leave You again? Why?

Yes and I already have! I read this book years ago and loved it. Recent a friend asked me to list/ recommend some of my favorite books and this one instantly came to mind. I tried to find my paperback copy to loan it out but unfortunately it was lost to time. Wanting to reread it again myself I downloaded the audio book and was not disappointed.

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This book is a great combination of funny, emotional, and thought provoking. Although I feel this book and it's characters aren't perfect, it is incredibly entertaining, and lets be honest what is 100% perfect anyway. I became very invested in the story and it's characters, unable to put this book down after starting it. This book made me realize how events are not simply black and white but more a shade of gray with many people at fault and affected by it. I also realized how easy it is for people to settle when faced with hardship and then become complacent. While reading this book I fell in love with its dysfunctional family and laughed the whole time.

If you liked this book I would suggest How to talk to a widower and the book of joe by the same author.

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Snarky stuff

Very entertaining family of dysfunction or maybe just your normal crazy people. Tropper's voice is so insightful one moment the next moment I could give him such a kick for his disparaging descriptions of older people. Anyone one from forty-four to sixty and older, watch out.

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Crazy family like everyone's

This is so unexpected. A funny crazy family funeral that reminds them that as crazy as they all are there is love.

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Made to the end.

Not my favorite Listen. Kept hoping it would get better. Not terrible but I would have missed anything if I skipped the book.

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A Good Wordsmith

J. Trooper composes each sentence with a mixture of blinding truth and wry humor. A delightful tale of family miscommunications during 7 days of mourning.

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Enthralling

You really need to have lived inside a family to get this book. I did and I got so much out of hearing the complicated relationships and fiascos
As well as the deep love and devotion
felt. Still resolving issues of my own, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about others experiencing similar if not worse
Revelations and emotions!