Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2009 book 171

Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You
A man whose marriage has recently ended b/c his wife was sleeping with his boss returns home after his father's death and spends a week sitting shiva with his entertainingly dysfunctional family. Tropper does a great job making these characters--and their many interpersonal problems--come alive. Something I think is interesting about the marketing is that the word shiva isn't mentioned--just that it's their father's dying wish that they spend a week together as a family. I find that odd, since the book has a took of Judaism references and clearly doesn't shy away from that. Anyway. I loved this book. A.

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