‘This Is Where I Leave You’ by Jonathan Tropper

Judd Foxman gets a call from his sister. His father is dead. He needs to go home.

But for Foxman, home is a place he lost long ago.

The radio producer had gone to the last home he knew several weeks before with a cake in hand for his wife’s birthday. But instead of giving her a surprise, Foxman finds her in bed with his radio-jock boss. After a messy fight involving cake and flaming candles, Jonathan Tropper’s book starts with one catastrophe followed by another as Foxman tries to figure out what to do with his life.

Leaving the basement that serves as his depressing retreat, Foxman returns to the home he was raised in to spend seven days and night sitting shiva with his family to mourn the loss of his father.

But the dysfunctional aspects only seem to make things worse, as secrets are revealed and fights break out among the members of the family who haven’t seen each other in years.

And when Foxman thinks his life is finally falling apart, he finds out his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Jen, is pregnant. And it’s his baby. Can he forgive her for cheating on him and build the family they had always wanted?

The book focuses on the messes of Foxman’s life, but with each surprise, each screwed-up member, they realize they are still a family. And in the end, maybe the heartbeat of his unborn daughter will bring his wife back to him. Maybe it will give him the chance to be the father he misses so much.

About Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca Hanlon is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @mrsbeccahanlon or on Facebook at facebook.com/byrebeccahanlon.
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