Tuesday, May 13, 2014
This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper
Synopsis: The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.
Thoughts: Who would have guessed that a novel about death and mourning could be so hilarious? The three Foxman brothers, their sister, their mother, and their significant others all have issues which come to light during their week of forced togetherness. The movie based on this book is scheduled to be released in September, and while I'm not impressed with some of the casting, I still hope it will be a fun film.