I feel like I’ve been meaning to write this review for a while, but am just now getting around to it! I picked up Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You at the recently deceased Shakespeare & Co. in the East Village (#RIP) mostly because I thought the cover art was attractive:
You could say I tore through this book like the pages were on fire. It was funny and, at times, heartbreaking. The story follows Judd Foxman and the events following news of his wife’s extramarital affair and his father’s death. Judd, his siblings, and their families gather at their childhood home to sit shiva (traditional Jewish week-long mourning ritual).
If you’d prefer to see it play out on the screen rather than in your brain, a film adaptation will be released next Friday, September 19, with a star-studded cast including: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, and Jane Fonda. It’s directed by Shawn Levy and written by Tropper – so I’m hoping that it remains fairly true to the original text. The only main change I’ve noticed (without actually seeing the film) is that the family name, Foxman, has changed to Altman.
I’m not a big fan of the trailer, but that’s not saying much since I usually hate most trailers (they’re never actually true to the movies they represent). But I digress. Here’s the trailer:
I have free passes to see a sneak preview of TIWILY on Tuesday at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13. I’m super excited. I’ll be sure to update with my thoughts on Wednesday.
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Have you read Tropper’s New York Times Bestseller? What did you think? Will you be seeing the movie? Let me know!