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This Is Where I Leave You (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Jonathan Tropper

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Title:This Is Where I Leave You
Authors:Jonathan Tropper
Info:Dutton Adult (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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No surprise that this book was turned into a movie starring Jason Bateman, the classic unthreatening middle-aged, middle-class, middle distance runner of tragicomic dramas. The book was written to be made into a film. The director of Little Miss Sunshine once remarked that every writer gets to use one instance of unlikely coincidence, and he used his when Steve Carrel's character runs into his former student and love interest at a gas station store. Tropper uses over a dozen such moments -- just unlikely occurrences that wouldn't happen ever. Every character seems to be suffering from a stereotypical mid-life crisis at the exact same time, and yet no one is changed from the experience. It's a light read, great for the beach which is why I originally purchased it, but it's a little over the top with its cinematic fight and sex scenes clearly included with a movie option in mind. If you've seen the movie trailers, prepare to be disappointed -- Tina Fey's character doesn't deliver a knock-out punch with her princess-cut diamond ring. ( )
1 vote Virginia-A | Dec 21, 2016 |
I started listening to this book on April 11, 2014 and realized I had already read it. So I didn't continue to listen to it as I rarely read a book twice since there are too many books I want to read. I'm guessing at the dates I read this the first time. I will say the portion that I did listen to brought back memories of this book. It is very enjoyable, witty, and kept my attention. It will make a good movie. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
And I thought my family was messed up . . . ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
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. Judd and his brothers and sister aren't the closest of siblings and their mother is something else entirely. It's going to be an interesting week to say the least. I can't say that I liked all the characters, but I certainly found them all interesting, even the minor ones that came to pay their respects. I found this funny, even in the midst of the mourning. I will be seeking out more from this author. Now I should go watch the movie. ( )
  Jen_Bartels | May 31, 2016 |
I loved this book. I think the author did a great job creating a compelling, realistic character and dynamic between the family. For people complaining about the casual sexism - I found it more a commentary on our society and the characters' own childhood/mommy issues rather than the author being sexist.

I saw Judd and his sibling's prudism and constant condescension to their mother as a consequence of their overly open upbringing.

I have to say I liked Jen's character the least - not because she was the cheater, but because she constantly made excuses for her behaviour and tried to make everything about herself.

I wish Wendy and Horry's relationship had been explored a bit more. This book needed more Wendy, in general, I would say. Also, what happens to Alice and her little tryst with Judd? Does she get preggers? Does Paul ever find out. Unless there's a sequel in the works, these are some lose ends I would've loved to have seen tied up. ( )
  meowism | May 17, 2016 |
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Judd Foxman is thrown together with his dysfunctional family when his father dies, while at the same time coping with his wife's infidelity and the end of his marriage.

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