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This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
2009
General Fiction
339 Pages

*** Recommended Reading ***

I loved the smart, witty writing style that depicted the Foxman family in this fantastic story about a family sitting shiva following the death of the father. They are delightfully dysfunctional, sweet, and real and I found myself dreaming about an independent film and who I would cast while reading the book.

THEN, I read the author information and saw that it is already in the works with Warner Bros. Mr. Tropper, if you read reviews on Goodreads, be very careful on who is cast to pl...more
I loved the smart, witty writing style that depicted the Foxman family in this fantastic story about a family sitting shiva following the death of the father. They are delightfully dysfunctional, sweet, and real. I found myself dreaming about an independent film and who I would cast while reading the book and later discovered that some critics saw the screenplay in the plot and writing style and published negative reviews because of that. Was Tropper writing for a movie? Maybe, maybe not. Probably. Don't most authors want movies?

Anyways, I then I read the author information and saw that it is already in the works with Warner Bros. Mr. Tropper, if you read my blog (which you probably don't, but just to cover my bases) be very careful on who is cast to play these important roles. It truly is going to make or break the movie. The actors selected will be solely responsible for making this an incredible film or a huge flop. If Warner Bros. tries to go too big, I think it is going to turn into a mess.

Regardless, read and love This is Where I Leave You before Hollywood turns it into trash or treasure.
The cake scene alone will have you laughing, in spite of the situation.

You're probably reading this and thinking, "Stephanie isn't really telling me about the book. She's just ranting about how worried she is about the film version." Well, you're right. This was nothing even resembling a review (which is why I call them book NOTES) and I just want my opinion heard. I have recommended this book to MANY people, all of whom loved it with the exception of one, who didn't see the dark humor.

Just go read it.

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