This is Where I Leave You

“The years fall away from her in her sleep, her brow smooth, her mouth slightly open, like a little girl watching a magic trick. I have loved her for so long. Our past trails behind us like a comet’s tail, the future stretched out before us like the universe. Things happen. People get lost and love breaks.”

For those of us with peculiar families…did I say peculiar?  I meant interesting.  Colorful.  Idiosyncratic.  If you’re surrounded by people who are pure entertainment to interact with (for better or worse), the novel, This is where I leave you, by Jonathan Tropper, will, no doubt, resonate.  

I don’t normally make time to read, which is terrible since I write.  And you have to read to write.  Lately I’m telling myself that since there’s mostly crap on TV that I should trade some of that sofa time at night for a hot date with a good book.  What kind of books do you enjoy?  Gardening books are stacked beneath my beside table.  I pour over them each spring to get inspired.  But when I want a distraction from a stressful day I turn to light-hearted fiction.

Witty, dark and relatable, Tropper’s story will probably have you laughing out loud, as I did.  Vivid images of his quirky family come alive with the perfect amount of detail.  Enough to make the characters tangible but not so much that you consider banging your head against a wall just to get through a chapter.  You’ll  turn page after page without realizing you’ve read half the book in one sitting.

Now it’s a film starring names like Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda.  Here’s the trailer if you’d like to see.  Read the book!  I’m not done with it yet.  A few more chapters.  I hope Judd ends up with the girl I picked.


This entry was published on November 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm. It’s filed under books, films and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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