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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,069 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Tropper Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Smartly comic…In a wry domestic tone nicely akin to Tom Perrotta’s, Mr. Tropper goes on to introduce a darkly entertaining bunch of dysfunctional relatives…Although Mr. Tropper’s dialogue here is fast and fresh, his book also has ballast. The death of a father would seem to provide that automatically, but it takes a while for these characters to shed their flippancy and understand what has hit them.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] magnificently funny family saga…It’s amazing what can happen in the hands of the casually brilliant author…Who knows, maybe the Foxmans live down the street from the Bluths of TV’s Arrested Development? Maybe once they crossed paths at the airport with the Lamberts of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections? Certainly they’re traceable on the same Google Map of Dysfunctionville…Read and weep with laughter.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Often hilarious and often heartbreaking…Consistently surprising. Tropper keeps the reader off-balance by changing the allegiances between siblings and spouses, friends and enemies, lovers and losers, and the result is a novel that charms by allowing for messes, loose ends, and the reality that there’s only one sure ending for everyone.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Hilarious…The Foxman brothers must become men, though, God knows, they don’t want to. They want to remain hard-punching, dope-smoking, lighthearted pranksters, but life won’t stand for that. Forgiveness, compassion, and compromise are all in the cards for them now that their dad has died. This a beautiful novel about men—their lust and rage and sweetness. Read it—or take it as a gift—when you next go on a dreaded family holiday.”

    Washington Post

  • “A snappy and heartfelt family drama/belated coming-of-age story…The family’s interactions are sharp, raw, and often laugh-out-loud funny, and Judd’s narration is unflinching, occasionally lewd, and very keen. Tropper strikes an excellent balance between the family history and its present-day fallout, proving his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page-turning story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ramón de Ocampo gives a subtly nuanced rendering of Jonathan Tropper’s family story…De Ocampo reveals the various characters involved in the family shivah with a degree of variation in tone and voice that doesn’t call attention to itself while delineating identity and gender. Listeners will enjoy the first half of the book for its wit and the second half for its insight.”


  • “This is a story that could be told by your best guy friend: laugh-out-loud funny, intimate, honest, raunchy, and thoroughly enjoyable. Tropper is spot-on with his observations of family relationships as each member deals with new grief, old resentments, and life’s funny twists of fate. Tropper’s characters are real, flawed, and very likable, making for a great summer read.”


  • “With its frat-house language and sexual obsessions, this hilarious, testosterone-driven thrill-ride comes with all the weaponry at the Foxmans’ disposal: physical blows, verbal darts, psychological barbs, friendly jousts, and loving punches to the solax plexus. And the women have their say as well; there are no neutral corners in this melee. Highly recommended for Tropper fans, who will rejoice at the opportunity to indulge; others will wonder where he’s been all their lives.”

    Library Journal

  • “Few can rival [Tropper’s] poignant depictions of damaged men befuddled by the women they love.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the August 2009 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Mackey | 2/20/2014

    " I liked this book a lot. If you prefer your characters to be good people, this maybe isn't for you, but if you like fucked up families trying to figure out how to interact as adults, this should be right up your alley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather Young | 2/15/2014

    " I didn't like the main character, Judd, and thought the family drama was a bit exhausting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 2/3/2014

    " Funny, easy read with great characters for discussion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jillanne Johnson | 1/25/2014

    " This was just what the Dr ordered ! I needed a good laugh! "

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