This Is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper

TropperScreen shot 2013-03-01 at 3.30.25 PMA seriously dysfunctional family is forced to spend seven days together.

Opening paragraphs:

“Dad’s dead,” Wendy says offhandedly, like it’s happened before, like it happens every day.  It can be grating, this act of hers, to be utterly unfazed at all times, even in the face of tragedy.  “He died two hours ago.”

“How’s Mom doing?”

“She’s Mom, you know?  She wanted to know how much to tip the coroner.”

Quotes by critics:  “compulsively readable, laugh-out-loud funny novel . . . Tropper is wickedly funny, a master of the cutting one-liner that makes you both cringe and crack up.” (Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2009); “[A] smartly comic novel…Tropper goes on to introduce a darkly entertaining bunch of dysfunctional relatives…”…(New York Times); “Jonathan Tropper is the new breed of novelist who writes for men and women with ease and grace.”  (Haven Kimmel); “Tropper strikes an excellent balance between the family history and its present-day fallout, proving his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page-turning story.”  (Publisher’s Weekly)

Bio: Jonathan Tropper (born in 1970 in Riverdale, New York) is an American writer and a Professor of English at Manhattanville College.  He is the author of six novels and various screenplays.