This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
What is it about?
This book takes place over the 7 days that Judd Foxman is forced to spend with his crazy family while sitting Shiva for his deceased father. They are not a terribly close family and they all have their own emotional baggage so drama ensues. Judd himself is having some marital issues that take a forefront in the book.
Is it good?
I read this book for a book club, and I am glad I read it.
I’m not sure I liked it at first. Judd has an angry attitude due to his personal troubles and this really comes across throughout the entire narration. As the book progresses and he comes to terms with his problems, the attitude eases up a little bit and I found myself actually enjoying the book and interested in what would happen to Judd.
His family is really crazy and they get into quite a number of entertaining antics.
This book spends a lot of time analyzing his relationship with his family, and has some interesting view points on the subject. My own family is pretty normal so I didn’t always agree with him, but I can see why Judd would feel the way he does.
Some memorable quotes:
When speaking about all the geriatric visitors to the Shiva:
Genetics help some more than others, but they are all like melting ice cream bars, slowly sliding down the stick as they come apart.
The old expression goes, a good speech is like a woman’s skirt: short enough to hold your attention, long enough to cover the subject.
Our parents can continue to screw us up even after they die, and in this way, they’re never really gone.
Up Next: The Watsons by Jane Austen (I have 4 or 5 books on hold at the library and they always have a habit of becoming available at the same time, so I am not checking out anything new right now. Plus I always love the Jane Austen books.)