This book review was originally published on The Wordy Nerd Books on November 20, 2014.
Judd Foxman’s wife is sleeping with his boss and his dad just died. Judd, stressed and beaten down, returns to his childhood home to mourn his father with his two brothers, his sister, and mother. The siblings are shocked to find out that their non-religious father’s dying request was that they would sit shiva as a family. The Foxman siblings are less than thrilled to sit in mourning for seven days as a family but oblige for their mother’s sake. Jonathan Tropper brings to life the dysfunctional Foxman family as they navigate awkward family dynamics and rehash the past with each other in The is Where I Leave You.
I really just want to gush about this book. I absolutely loved it. I was able to relate to each character and I really appreciated each of the different, personal issues that the characters were dealing with. The book was well-written and I had a really hard time putting it down. Tropper did an amazing job of instilling humor into some really tough situations in the book. Even though the topics were not the most positive, Tropper kept me laughing throughout the book.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good laugh and a family to fall in love with. This book was also made into a movie this year. I have not seen it yet but, after finishing the book, I can’t wait for the movie to come out on DVD. I rated this book four stars. I gave it four stars instead of five because, quite frankly, I just wanted more of the Foxman family. Finishing this book made me a little bit sad. You can grab a copy here!
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