I was recently asked, “How do you read all the books you receive for review?” And, if I am honest, I admit I can not read them all. When I accept the book for review I have the best intentions to read and review the book… but life does happen – jobs, family, friends, commitments, homes, and so unfortunately – some books are missed and unfortunately – as in the case of this one, that is a sad mistake that I am so glad I had an opportunity to correct. ~Sheila
Synopsis – Judd has just walked in on his wife having sex with someone. Someone who is not him. Someone – who is in fact, Judd’s boss. And Judd’s life just fell apart.
Soon after, Judd receives a phone call from his sister that his father who has been ill for some time, has died and the family; Judd, his sister Wendy, and brothers Paul and Phillip are to gather at the family home with their mother for this final good-bye.
Judd’s mother says that in his fathers final wish he wanted the family to sit Shiva; a Jewish tradition where the family remains together int he home for seven days mourning the loss of their loved ones while friends and family come and pay their respects. Judd’s family is not the type that can spend more than a few hours together without wanting to kill each other so this should be interesting.
Wendy, the only daughter, comes in tow with her three children and her business husband who can not stay off his phone long enough to mourn anything… except maybe the possible loss of a few dollars.
Paul, the oldest son comes with his wife Alice who is desperate to be pregnant but so far no matter what doctors she see’s and what pills she takes, nothing has happened for the couple.
Phillip, the youngest of the brothers and by far the most free-spirited comes with a much older woman who he is hoping will help him settle his wild ways and lack of interest in any kind of responsibility.
And then there is Judd, broken marriage, no job, living in a smelly basement apartment wishing hateful things on his boss and mourning the loss of the woman he loved….
what could possibly go wrong?
The internet is a buzz with the upcoming movie for this book, This Is Where I Leave You. The casting looks wonderful and with it opening next week I had a vague recollection that I may have this book on my shelves. I did… and I started reading it right away.
This Is Where I Leave You is that book that you will not want to put down. It opens with a funny conversation between Judd and his sister Wendy… and it keep rolling from there. The family is dysfunctional, and funny, and keeps you on your toes… if it could happen… it will happen. I flew through these pages finding a real enjoyment in Johnathan Tropper’s words and the whole time wondering, “what else have I missed from this witty author?”
Do not hesitate on picking up this book that is a quick enjoyable read of a family that really… could be anyone’s family. And then… do not miss out on the giveaway I posted earlier this week for a chance to win a movie package.
why are you still here?
Go! Get this book!
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (July 6, 2010)
- Language: English