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One Last Thing Before I Go: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Tropper
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You returns with a hilarious and heart-rending tale about one familiy's struggle to reconnect.

“Mistakes have been made.” Drew Silver has begun to accept that life isn’t going to turn out as he expected. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. His ex-wife is about to marry a terrific guy. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.




So when Silver learns that he requires emergency life-saving heart surgery, he makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to spend what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment—even if that moment isn’t going to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.




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"Tropper’s characters are likably zany and fallible, and perhaps more important, funny. One Last Thing Before I Go is a poignant story about facing death and celebrating life, even when things seem well beyond repair." --Newsweek/The Daily Beast on One Last Thing Before I Go

"The richly talented Tropper (This Is Where I Leave You) has created an acerbic, middle-aged lost soul who will ultimately illuminate the reasons we stick around on this lopsided planet despite significant temptation to let it go. Readers will love Silver and want to throttle him in equal measure. Eminently quotable, hilariously funny, and emotionally draining, this arresting tour de force will entertain well after the book is done."  -Library Journal (starred review) on One Last Thing Before I Go

“…a bristling, witty tale of woe that'll make you appreciate whatever good things, no matter how few, have come your way.” –Entertainment Weekly on One Last Thing Before I Go

About the Author

Jonathan Tropper is the New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels; Plan B, The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How To Talk to a Widower, and This Is Where I Leave You. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He is also a screenwriter, and the co-creator and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television show Banshee (produced by Alan Ball), premiering in 2013.

Product Details

  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409127737
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HU7R20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should I stay or should I go? August 21, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Silver is forty-four, a former drummer with the one-hit-wonder band, The Bent Daisies. After the front man/vocalist, Pat Mcreedy, left them and went solo, they tanked, dried up, and disbanded. Now Silver is a notch above broke, and his ex-wife, Denise, is about to get married to the doctor who wants to perform life-saving surgery on him. But Silver is about the most passively suicidal guy you may meet in fiction.

Barely scraping by, Silver lives on his royalty checks from the song, "Rest in Pieces," or plays Bar Mitzvahs and weddings, when he can get a gig. Mcreedy's career is epic and glitzy, and he sleeps with sexy celebrities. Silver hangs out with a group of losers in the tatty Versailles apartments, where they scope out young daisies in bikinis and nod off at the pool. In between, they make weekly deposits at the sperm bank to supplement their income.

Tropper has a knack for combining flippant with rueful to achieve sharp and piercing. His leading men are Jewish, middle-aged, overweight, and emotionally adolescent. This book and the last one--This is Where I Leave You-- have titles that underscore absence, departing, and abandonment. There's as much death cloud as sex haze in the atmosphere. But there's at least one compelling reason to keep Silver onward through the fog. Or is there?

The only person who seems to need Silver right now is his eighteen-year-old daughter, Casey. But only because she's afraid of disappointing her mother with the news that she's pregnant. So she tells her dad, whom she sometimes calls Dad, but often calls Silver. She's a combination of spiky and vulnerable, and her presence makes you root for Silver to wake up from his numbed slumber and be the strong and able support that she needs.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny moments built on a shaky premise September 21, 2012
By Stet
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you liked Tropper's past novels (as I do) then you'll find this most recent offering enjoyable for the same reasons: quirky characters, moments of real insight, twisty plot lines and deftly constructed emotional set pieces. The dialogue sparkles, even as all the characters draw you to their own distinct world views.

In short, here's another romantic comedy that's missing only the production notes and studio backing. Get me Julia Roberts and Albert Brooks on the phone! But I'm really alright with that. A novel that reads like a movie is usually a sign of a tightly written, dialogue-rich, marvelously descriptive work. It's also indicative of a great beach book.

Light weight? Maybe. But to my mind it's really quite OK to be a writer of fiction who tells an interesting tale really well. My only problem this time out is I never buy the central premise: that the main character is diagnosed with a condition that will kill him if he doesn't get surgery and he decides not to have the surgery. I just don't believe him. He tries to convince the reader and every other character in the book that he's serious. None of us are buying it.

Does he live or die? Buy the book and find out. In the end, I find myself enjoying the journey and caring little for the destination.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Among Jonathan Tropper's many gifts is the ability to make his readers care about passive male protagonists who have no business being liked. In THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, Tropper's rude 2009 novel, the recently divorced Judd Foxman rarely loses his browbeaten look as he and the rest of his family sit shiva for his deceased father. When Judd gets angry, his reactions are extreme, such as when he catches his wife having sex with his shock-jock radio boss. Otherwise, he's content to remain detached and toss off mordant wisecracks. Yet, we like Judd despite his sarcasm and moments of cruelty. He may not get along with all the members of his family, but even someone as jaded as him recognizes the importance of love and forgiveness after a death in the family gives them definable features.

Tropper pulls off the same trick in his newest novel, ONE LAST THING BEFORE I GO. This time, the divorced protagonist with the perpetual hangdog expression is Drew Silver. When Silver was in his 20s, he was the drummer for a rock band called The Bent Daisies. They were a one-hit wonder, but that one hit was so huge that the lead singer decided to leave the band for a solo career. The remaining band members were left to pursue lives of relative anonymity. Silver, now 44 and a tinnitus sufferer, makes his money these days by playing weddings, collecting royalty checks and, once a week, donating sperm to a local fertility clinic.

He lives at the Versailles, an apartment complex off the interstate and home mainly to divorced, middle-aged men. His ex-wife, Denise, is a week away from marrying Rich Hastings, a respected surgeon. Even more dispiriting to Silver is a visit he receives from his 18-year-old daughter, Casey.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some editorial inconsistencies October 8, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book has some shining moments, even some laugh out loud moments. But my book club noticed that the characters have fairly glaring inconsistencies. Denise's mother dies at 13, but then is helping her try on wedding dresses. Her dad dies and then magically appears at her 2nd wedding. Did anybody else notice this? Is it only my Kindle version that is screwy? This were bothersome, and overall the book was just okay for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
I was really pulling for the main character. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and writing style. This is only the second book that made me both laugh and cry! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Bonnie McCoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, touching and enjoyable
Laugh out loud funny! I look forward to reading more of his books. Wonderful characters. I have recommended it to many friends.
Published 17 days ago by B. Silverman
3.0 out of 5 stars Undead
I loved Jonathan Tropper's other books. His beta-male characters have a charm about them which make Tropper's books an entertaining read. Read more
Published 20 days ago by JMack
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Great Tropper Book
Jonathan Tropper totally gets it. With a quick scene, he can encapsulate the thought process, the emotions, the awkwardness, the bizarreness and the scope of some random occurrence... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kenneth Heard
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining
I found this book mildly entertaining and the main character Silver is quite endearing. The ending was unexpected however and may come as a suprise.
Published 21 days ago by Helen Turnbull
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
You know the plot summary from the other blurbs, but what you don't know is how funny yet poignant this book is.... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lynn G.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise!
I have read every other Jonathan Tropper book and as an avid crime fiction and magic realism reader these books are not my usual genre. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Maxine Acton
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read!
If you have a dysfunctional family, you'll appreciate this novel! I loved it! I winced, I laughed and shook my head in understanding. A fun read!
Published 1 month ago by FA
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Story of Family and Friends
OLTBIG is about redemption and second chances, something most of us need at one point or another in our lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars One again, Trooper has created a world that I get deliciously lost in.
Trooper's characters, in all their flaws, charms and idiosyncrasies, are pitch perfect. The only downside to reading this book is that I unfortunately have to wait for him to write... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elisabeth Sloan
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Jonathan Tropper is the author of How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, The Book of Joe, and Plan B. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College.

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