This Is Where I Leave You takes place over one week during which the Foxman family sits shiva in honor of their recently deceased patriarch.  They are an emotionally stunted and brutal group, and aren’t sure if they can endure each other’s company for seven days.  Judd Foxman, (angry and heartbroken over the disintegration of his marriage), his bitter older brother, his disillusioned and neglected sister, their much younger hedonistic slacker brother, and their embarrassingly sexual psychiatrist mother settle in for the week.  The author hits us with equal parts laugh-out-loud banter and painful, brutal honesty–often in the same sentence.  Read this clever book to discover how the Foxmans weather their stint in the shiva chairs; I predict you will be surprised at the meatiness of this “humorous” tale.

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