If you're looking to commiserate with somebody else whose life is not going as planned, This Is Where I Leave You might be the audiobook for you. At the same time, the humor in the story will lift your spirits and make you glad you listened.
Judd Foxman has been dealt some bad news. First, he finds out his wife is having an affair with his boss. Then he's told his father has passed away. When Judd attends his father's funeral, he discovers his Dad's last wish was for his family members to observe Shiva, a Jewish family custom of mourning together for one week. While many families could endure this, Judd's dysfunctional family hasn't been together in a long time, let alone for a whole week. So Judd spends a week with his mother, who is a sex therapist, two brothers (one of whom is married to an ex-girlfriend) and his sister.
As the week passes, Judd tries to deal with his wife's infidelity while being stuck with his family. As they mourn their father, they reminisce about the past, deal with issues, argue, fight, and forgive. For good measure, there are several laughs along the way.
Jonathan Tropper was born in the New York City area. After receiving a Master's degree from New York University in Creative Writing, he worked in a different field and pursued his writing on his own time. His first, book, Plan B was published in 2000. He writes about many of his own experiences, and Westchester County is still the setting for many of his stories.
Hailed as a “heartfelt family drama/belated coming-of-age story” (Publishers Weekly), This Is Where I Leave You finds Judd Foxman’s life in disarray. Shortly after Judd’s wife leaves him for his boss, Judd’s father Mort passes away, bringing the entire family together in mourning. During this week of “sitting shiva,” Judd realizes his siblings are even more dysfunctional than he is, and the confrontations that ensue are full of raw emotion and humorous consequences. Download and start listening now!