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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,803 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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by Stacey | 2/1/2014

    " Classic Tropper. Great read. "

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

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

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