Caution: May contain spoilers
I read this bad boy in less than 24 hours – that’s how much I loved it. I even went to the library today to check out two more books by Jonathan Tropper, I’m hoping they’ll live up to this one!
This novel tells the story of the Foxman family, as told by one of the son’s, Judd. After the death of their father, Judd and his siblings, Wendy, Paul and Phillip, come together at the family home to sit shiva, a Jewish tradition after death. Despite the fact that spending seven days in the same house will be extremely difficult and complicated for them, they agree to do it, believing it to be their father’s dying wish.
Throughout the novel, we see the characters grow and change over the course of shiva. Judd, who is trying to come to terms with the discovery of his wife cheating, is feeling kind of hopeless when all of this happens. His older brother Paul is taking over the family business, while he and his wife struggle with their inability to conceive. Phillip, known as the family screw up, shocks everyone by showing up with a much older fiance, who is also his former therapist. And Wendy is trying to raise three children with a semi absent husband, while battling her own issues with growing older. Their mother is also having her own personal struggles, while dealing with the loss of her husband. Their dynamics as a family are.. strange. But they’re warm in a way that’s believable, and has you growing attached to the characters. They’re also conflicted, and genuinely screwed up. They also have a lot of sex and get into a lot of fist fights. And there’s weed involved.
It’s definitely an entertaining read! This book has a lot to offer, some parts of it really rang true with me, and I’m sure they will with you too.