3.5 Stars - This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Having read one of Tropper's books before Plan B I knew I would enjoy his writing style. I was interested in this book partially because it was turned into a movie with a cast of large characters but also because I wanted to see if Tropper would do well again. I liked the story of Plan B and it kept me from putting it down.
This Is Where I Leave You was another good story but it did feel longwinded in sections. I loathed and loved many of the characters and knowing who was playing them in the movie helped me humanize them. At times I felt sorry for Judd and at other times I preferred the other characters. Everything felt very real as if it was currently happening to someone I knew. Tropper does a great job introducing and having you become invested in each character. I think Tropper's books are also pretty polarizing in that you either like or hate them. Makes for great discussion in a book club setting. For meal planning I thought about the various dishes that might have been dropped off each day for the shiva and come up with the below. Amazon's synopsis gives an insight into the novel - hope you'll put it on your book club read list!
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.
Menu: Sitting Shiva
Baby Spinach Salad
Baked Broccoli Mac & Cheese Cassarole
from the Lady and the Blog