Carolyn See really knows how to make you want to read a book. Her review of Jonathan Tropper’s novel, This is Where I Leave You, in today’s Washington Post grabs you from the first line:

Judd Foxman, the hapless narrator of Jonathan Tropper’s hilarious new novel can hardly believe it when his sister, Wendy, phones to say that their father is dead. But even more shocking is the news that Dad’s last request was for them to sit shiva for seven days…. If that sounds like a bad Thanksgiving dinner that goes on for a week, it is, and Judd’s heart sinks.

Libraries we checked showed heavy holds running as high as 236, on orders of 11 to 36 copies.

As See observes, Judd and his brothers would prefer 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 is 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.

NPR also featured the novel among their “Books We Like,” along with an except.

This Is Where I Leave You
Jonathan Tropper
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin/Dutton – (2009-08-06)
ISBN / EAN: 052595127X / 9780525951278

eBook downloadable from OverDrive.

Large Type from Thorndike; 9781410420589; $30.95.

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