A side-splitting and heartbreaking tale, now a major Hollywood movie starring Tina Fey, Connie Britton, and Jason Bateman.
Poor Judd Foxman returns home early to find his wife in bed with his boss - in the act. He now faces the twin threats of both divorce and unemployment. His misery is compounded further with the sudden death of his father.
He is then asked to come and 'sit Shiva' for his newly deceased parent with his angry, screwed-up, and somewhat estranged brothers and sisters in his childhood home. It is there he must confront who he really is and - more importantly - who he can become.
Funny, moving, powerful and poignant, This Is Where I Leave You is the fabulous follow-up to How to Talk to a Widower and Jonathan Tropper at his best. Read by Ramon de Ocampo
©2009 Jonathan Tropper (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
By the end of this book, I was really enjoying the characters and the way their fathers life and death affected them all. The start was slightly tedious although I realise now, that in order for the characters to have growth, they needed to be a bit annoying to begin with.
Definitely worth a listen.
I have already recommended 'This is Where I Leave You' to many of my friends as I found it to be extremely funny and well written.
I loved the interaction between the family members.
I couldn't fault Ramon de Ocampo's depiction of any of the characters. He was the perfect narrator.
This book had me howling with laughter.
It isn't often I say this, but I will probably listen to this book again. I am sure it will make me laugh just as much as it did at my first listen.
yes, this book for me contains the prefect balance between understanding the complecities of loss through the medium of humor
when judd find the photo of his mother that had been so well cared for by his father and he appricated the depth of love felt between them both
i like the scene where the brothers cuase chaos at the synagogue
this book felt like an accurate account of a modern day family with a sprinkling of poetic licence for that little add of humourous favouring
Brilliant story and narrator. Wit combined with sadness and great characters. Explicit with plenty of bad language so if that's not your thing. think twice. But you'll be missing out
"A Jewish wake"
Interesting story line, well enough built characters, but takes too long to captivate listener. Flat reading !
"One Dimensional and Dull"
The premise of the story sounded interesting; a Jewish wake, a seven day shiva that brings family and friends together to reminisce. I prefer short reviews with little detail that say whether the listener liked or disliked the story; I do not like too much detail because I fear that might spoil the listening for me if I choose to listen to the book however giving any details in this review cannot spoil this story!
The story begins with the protagonist's detailed description about his soon to be ex-wife having sex with his boss (who is a sexual relationship advisor on the radio).
Later during the shiva, the protagonist remembers he had sex with his sister-in-law before she got married to his brother. Another brother, or it could have been the same one (I had lost interest) was overheard having sex with his wife.
We are then treated to the sexual appetite of his mother, who we are told had previously enjoyed the attentions of his father (the deceased) and was now responding to the covert attentions of a widower who had called to pay his respects. The implication being they would be having an intimate relationship as soon as the shiva was over.
The story, that I listened to, was one dimensional and so, obviously, boring.
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