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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Tropper Narrator: John Shea Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781101579350
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The bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You returns with a hilarious and heartrending tale about one family’s struggle to reconnect.

You don’t have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in the Versailles, an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. His ex-wife, Denise, is about to marry a guy Silver can’t quite bring himself to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. 

So when he learns that his heart requires emergency, lifesaving surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what little time he has left to repair his relationship with his daughter, become a better man, and live in the moment—even if that moment isn’t destined to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.

With the wedding looming and both Silver and his daughter in crisis, the broken family struggles to come together—only to risk damaging each other even more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One Last Thing Before I Go is hilarious. Like Tropper’s exceptional last novel, This is Where I Leave You, it’s a heartfelt look at irreparable mistakes and damaged masculinity that balances its bleak circumstances with dark humor.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “The book pivots between farce and despair, and Silver is a devastating portrait of postdivorce loneliness and horniness. There’s a crackling buddy dynamic between father and daughter, leading to some truly moving moments, and the peripheral characters are wonderful, from Silver’s rabbi father to his poolside buddies.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Affecting, darkly funny…Tropper has created a character so hapless and endearing and a story so compelling that the reader can’t help but take the journey with Silver—no matter where it leads.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Tropper’s characters are likably zany and fallible, and perhaps more important, funny. One Last Thing Before I Go is a poignant story about facing death and celebrating life, even when things seem well beyond repair.”

    Daily Beast

  • “John Shea, who delivers an understated reading that perfectly captures the heart of Tropper’s tale, skillfully narrates this heartbreaking and emotional journey. Shea’s Silver is resolute yet fragile. His narration is simple and straightforward, but also demonstrates the narrator’s ability to modulate his voice to capture a variety of emotions.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “The richly talent Tropper has created an acerbic, middle-aged lost soul who will ultimately illuminate the reasons we stick around on this lopsided planet despite significant temptation to let it go. Readers will love Silver and want to throttle him in equal measure. Eminently quotable, hilariously funny, and emotionally draining, this arresting tour de force will entertain well after the book is done.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Tropper is a master of the mid-life male coming-of-age story, and his latest is full of the charm and wit his readers cherish.”

    Booklist

  • “Tropper entertainingly examines the angst of middle-age masculinity as he looks at Silver, a man both growing up and growing old.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books: 10 Best Novels for Summer Reading, 2013
  • An 2013 ALA Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Rhodes | 2/20/2014

    " I can't resist Tropper. His books have a sameness and are not high art but he has a wonderful eye for the hapless guy and he's very very funny. This one is obvious and predictable but totally enjoyable...popcorn. Fastest read of the month. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen Lennon | 2/18/2014

    " Good story-funny and touching. I would read anything he writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/1/2014

    " Classic Tropper. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Bond | 1/26/2014

    " Not as good as "This is where I leave you" but an enjoyable read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 1/21/2014

    " 3.5 stars. I have read all of Jonathan Tropper's books and was very excited to read this new book of his. Although I enjoyed the humor in this story of Silver and his daughter Casey, I didn't enjoy it as much as Tropper's previous works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 1/8/2014

    " Witty and, at times, beautiful writing, but ultimately just another story about a middle-aged man who has pissed away everything he cares about and now wants it back. Competent but not striking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/8/2014

    " Depressing and funny, like life. I have a lot of opinions on the underlying premise which I'll keep to myself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 1/7/2014

    " Not my favorite of.his "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bette | 12/18/2013

    " I think this is Tropper's funniest....I laughed all the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Carnivele | 12/16/2013

    " Male middle-age angst. Well-written, first person account of a dying man who tries to fix his messed-up life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 11/23/2013

    " One of my favorite authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/9/2013

    " If there's chick lit is there dude lit? Men in midlife crisis, cracked me up but also gave me hope. Tropper knows how to weave a story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jo | 11/4/2013

    " Funny and moving story about man contemplating death and how to fix his life before he goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 9/7/2013

    " A little more predictable than This Is Where I Leave You, which I loved, but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M | 7/1/2013

    " So disappointed. He has gotten quite lazy and repetitve. I have read all of his books-This is Where I Leave you and How to Talk to a Widower much more worth the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 6/24/2013

    " Uninteresting account of a Jewish man who has squandered his life and feels sorry for himself. He gets a tear in his heart which surgery would cure but decides not to have the operation. He is self-absorbed, self-centered and just plain selfish. Not much fun reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele Boccio | 6/19/2013

    " This book was pretty good, it was very Tropperesque! Definitely not his best, but worth the read. I got a Californication vibe from the book, with a lot less sex. David Duchovny would make an excellent Silver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 3/28/2013

    " A multi-themed story well wrought. The focus is on family dynamics by an author who is clearly a fan of the institution. I enjoyed it, even though I found it a little too sweet for my taste in many sections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Williams | 3/25/2013

    " Not my favorite of his books, but Tropper always writes interesting, compelling, complicated as all hell characters. I read it in about 3 hours! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Murkette | 1/22/2013

    " I put this book down for a month after starting it. So glad I came back to it, and wish that it had been longer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/3/2013

    " I give this 3 1/2 stars. The dialogue was terrific. I often laughed out lout, yet I had a lump in my throat from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Ann | 12/12/2012

    " Daughter was a little too perfect but really liked the book otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/3/2012

    " I love Jonathan Tropper. His writing, subjects and characters always come together in the most perfect way for me. Can't wait to check out his HBO show. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 11/29/2012

    " this was great. jonathan tropper usually is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calonzo | 10/20/2012

    " Fast read, captivating. Funny but sad in the same way that today's world has so much chaos that is self provoked..... Found it interesting to find sympathy and compassion in the chaos as opposed to frustration. Worth the read. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Tropper

Jonathan Tropper is the author of How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, Plan B, and This Is Where I Leave You. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College.

About the Narrator

John Shea’s career includes more than forty films, most notably the Academy Award-winner Missing. His television work includes Lois and Clark and Mutant X, and he has appeared in more than twenty-five plays on and off-Broadway and in London's West End.