I finished it!
I hardly ever finish a book within a month anymore, but I read Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You within two weeks, thanks to lots of flight time and long airport layovers. It’s a good thing too, because I really wanted to read it before the movie hits theaters on September 19th, and I was just days from hosting my This Is Where I Leave You book club meeting.
Well, the wine may have turned it into a party-meeting, but we totally discussed the book. There’s a lot to discuss.
To give you a little background on the story…
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.
So now that you know the gist of the story, you can probably already see how there was a lot to talk about when we got together. I had given everyone little notebooks along with copies of the book, so they could record their thoughts, questions, anything and everything they wanted to chat about.
I think the liveliest discussion was about Judd and his marriage. We all had pretty strong opinions about his discovery and the aftermath. We also talked a lot about parenting — there are so many levels to that in the book.
And one of the things I found most interesting was how none of us favored the same character. I was not expecting that, but once we discussed it, it made sense why we each related to certain ones more than others.
I highly encourage you to read the book before you see the movie, and gather some friends together for a book club discussion. I think you’ll become as invested in the family as my friends and I did. The characters will make you laugh, cry and want to smack them, but you’ll care. And that’s what will make the movie twice as special when you see it in theaters.
The dramatic comedy “This is Where I Leave You” is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”); Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”); and two-time Oscar® winner, multiple Golden Globe honoree and 2013 Emmy Award nominee Jane Fonda (“Klute,” “Coming Home,” HBO’s “The Newsroom”).
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