This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel

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Penguin, Aug 6, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Now a major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey Jane Fonda, and Adam Driver

"Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking...[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche." --USA Today

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's (One Last Thing Before I Go) most accomplished work to date, and a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

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User Review  - Maydacat - LibraryThing

Poor Judd! It’s not enough that his wife was unfaithful with his boss, that he loses his job and his home, and that his father has died. Now he has to honor his father’s dying wish that his family ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jen_Bartels - LibraryThing

Judd Foxman is having the worst time. He just found his wife cheating on him and his father just died. As if that was bad enough, his father's last wish was that the family sit Shiva for seven days ... Read full review

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 22
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 28
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 15
Chapter 41

Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Thursday Chapter 10
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49

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Jonathan Tropper is the author of One Last Thing Before I Go, How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, and Plan B. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College. He is currently adapting This Is Where I Leave You as a feature film for Warner Brothers Studios and is a screenwriter, co-creator, and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television show Banshee (produced by alan Ball), premiering in 2013. 

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