At the recommendation of a fellow blogger, I read my first Jonathan Tropper book, "This is Where I Leave You."
It's Tropper's latest of five novels, and was on the New York Times Bestseller list—not to mention the many praises it received, printed all over its cover.
"This is Where I Leave You" is the story of Judd Foxman. The book opens with the news of his father's death. The first chapter is packed with action—not only does Judd's father leave the family with a wish for them all to sit shiva (seven days of Jewish mourning), but Judd also reveals his newly found bachelor status, as he walked in on his wife having sex with his boss.
The remainder of the story follows the Foxman family as they sit their seven days, trying not to kill each other. Each day, Judd encounters a new problem to solve—how does he return to his job? Where will he live? Should he start dating?
The plot thickens when his to-be-ex-wife arrives and tells Judd she is pregnant, with his baby.
How should he be the father when his to-be-ex-wife is still dating his boss?
All of this, not to mention the family drama going on around him.
This book, although complicated, is absolutely hilarious (I probably looked like an idiot laughing out loud at a book while sitting in Starbucks).
I would definitely recommend this one to anyone willing to admit that life is fucked up.