This is Where I Leave You might be the best book I read all year. I could not put down this hilarious yet heartfelt glimpse of one week in the life of a man whose world has fallen apart. Judd, out of work and┬árecently separated from his wife, goes home for his father’s funeral only to discover his dad’s dying wish was for his entire family to sit shiva together. As dysfunctional family members begin to show up and cause trouble, Judd learns that some relationships are worth fighting for.

Tropper’s writing is witty, crude, sensitive, and ┬ábeautiful. I found myself re-reading portions of the text aloud so I could hear them over and over again. A movie based on the book will be in theaters this fall, but I can guarantee it won’t hold a candle to the novel.

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