Hello! Happy September. So when we were trying to come up with books to discuss we noticed one of our favorite books was coming to the big screen. So why not re-read it and talk about it?
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.
Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.
As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.
This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper's most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.
- If you could smack any of the characters upside the head, who would it be and why?
Nikki: I agree! Each had a smackable offense that would be justifiable.
- What do you think will happen next to the main characters?
Nikki: I would like for all of them to get their shit together but they probably won’t. Judd SHOULD leave Jen for good.
- Do the main characters change by the end of the book?
Nikki: I think with the death of their father and being forced to be together for a long period of time, they had no choice but to change by the end.
- Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
Nikki: I think the fact that they are a family with issues is the more relatable aspect. No family is perfect and the Foxman’s really show that. I mean, sleeping with your husband’s brother because you want a baby? Not the wisest thing in the world to do.
- What did you think of the ending?
Nikki: I felt satisfied with it. After the craziness of the book you realized that this was just a week in their lives and things had to go on.
- What moral/ethical choices did the characters make? What did you think of those choices? How would you have chosen?
Nikki: I agree 100% with Keira. There was nothing that wasn't a moral choice in this book.
- What surprised you the most about the book?
Nikki: How scandalous it actually was. Lots of cheating and what not.
- Which character do you like the most and why? The least and why?
Nikki: It was a toss up between Wendy and Phillip for me. Both were unique in the family. Wendy being the only girl and Phillip being the baby. They were different and stood out among the rest of the Foxman's. I also loved Horry.
See ya next month!
See ya next month!