Thursday, September 20, 2012

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You is my first book by Jonathan Tropper, but it will definitely not be my last.  I loved every single thing about this book.    Mr. Foxman's dying wish is that his family sit shiva.  A Jewish mourning process requiring the whole family to be together for seven days.  A tricky task for even the most functional of families. 

The characters were real, with dry, sarcastic personalities... people who I would like to hang out.  So, it makes sense that if I would enjoy hanging out with these fictional characters, I would enjoy reading about them.  

I highlighted so many passages in the book:

"The height of her stiletto heels, like the diameter of her breast implants, is inappropriate for both her age and the occasion."

"At some point you lose sight of your actual parents; you just see a basketful of history and unresolved issues."

"I had carved out a nice for myself on campus among the screwed-up girls with dark lipstick and too many earrings, who worked through their mixed bag of childhood traumas by drinking excessively and having sex with unthreatening Jewish guys with ridiculous hair.  This had actually happened exactly twice in as many years, but since it was all the action I'd see, I liked to think of it as a niche."

Completely enjoyable read! 

8 comments:

Amy said...

Ooooh, I'm intrigued by this one! I love funny and dysfunctional.

Catherine said...

This sounds like a good book! I like sarcastic humour too. :)

Hope you are having a good week Pam!
xo Catherine

Pam said...

It sounds entertaining.

Marjie said...

Well, since I'm an only child, sitting shiva for my parents would mean hanging around by myself. But it sounds entertaining to see how a family copes with one another!

Esme said...

hmmm, this one did not cut it for me. I could not get into it.

elizabeth said...

I downloaded this last night from the library. Read 30% so far, great! Thanks for the rec.

merrilymarylee said...

I checked this book out of the library and read it sometime ago. I laughed or read aloud so many lines that my husband decided he wanted to read it, too. The library had a waiting list, so we ended up buying it so he could read it.

Moral: if it's a library book, don't show emotion when reading.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress was another one that had the most wickedly witty lines. (Not by Tropper.)

merrilymarylee said...

I checked this book out of the library and read it sometime ago. I laughed or read aloud so many lines that my husband decided he wanted to read it, too. The library had a waiting list, so we ended up buying it so he could read it.

Moral: if it's a library book, don't show emotion when reading.

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress was another one that had the most wickedly witty lines. (Not by Tropper.)