This Is Where I Leave You

I was delighted to learn about This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper at this year’s BEA. I was even happier when I was able to snatch up a highly-coveted galley.

I was already familiar with Tropper because I had read his previous books; Plan B: A Novel, The Book of Joe, and Everything Changes. I had loved them so much – I recommended these titles to my friends of either sex.

Jonathan Tropper’s writing knows no gender barrier. He writes with such great clarity about issues both men and women can relate to that it instantly makes you feel at home with his work. His narrators always seem amazingly self-aware, bright, funny and candid even when in despair. It’s not only sexual relationships that are covered so well in his books but also family dynamics and past friendships. Those that speak to all of us, regardless of sex, race, social class; like sibling rivalry, or guilt, or how you feel when you run into a long lost friend from school. The thoughts that run through your mind, how those thoughts make your feel, and what those thoughts and feelings say about you.

The title, This Is Where I Leave You, had me at hello, and when I learned it was a story about a guy who discovers his wife is cheating on him, who then subsequently loses his job and then to make matters worse, his dad dies and he needs to go spend time with his semi loony and estranged family – I knew I had to read it.

I won’t tell you how it ends but I will definitely say don’t let this one pass you by.

You don’t have to take my word for it either: The movie rights have already been sold and the film adaptation is already in development. Read it before the film comes out.

Spread the love

More Articles for You

Curating Caribbean Heritage: A List of Must-Read Books

This is how I honor and celebrate the diversity and richness of the islands and their cultural diasporas, reflecting on …

Spread the love

On Growing up in East Harlem: Italian (Barese) and Puerto Rican Heritage

I was thrilled to chat with podcaster, and fellow author and family historian Bob Sorrentino earlier this month. During our …

Spread the love

Food Culture: The Best Podcast for “Top Chef” Fans

The food we eat, how we eat and prepare it is so intricately tied to our culture, our heritage and …

Spread the love

The “Frida In Her Own Words” Documentary Is Phenomenal

This lyrical animation inspired by her unforgettable artwork, drawn from her diary, revealing letters, essays, and print interviews for the …

Spread the love

Reading Haiti: 5 Books to Explore Its History and Culture

Edwidge Danticat is one of Haiti’s most celebrated authors. Her notable works include “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” “Krik? Krak!,” and “The …

Spread the love

Finding Relief: 5 Books to Help Manage Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain can be challenging, but there are resources available to help navigate this journey. Whether you’re looking …

Spread the love