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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 (247 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.

Editorial Reviews


"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: #6,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should I stay or should I go? August 21, 2012
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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny moments built on a shaky premise September 21, 2012
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some editorial inconsistencies October 8, 2012
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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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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jonathan Tropper's Best Novels August 26, 2012
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I am a huge Jonathan Tropper fan and to be honest my biggest regret is that he doesn't publish books more often. But when he does come out with a new book, I immediately purchase it and set aside time to read it in one sitting because that is how good his books are. "One Last Thing Before I Go" doesn't disappoint. It very much follows Tropper's other novels in that it focuses on the life of a man pretty much down on his self-made luck who has made more mistakes that you can count in a lifetime and is not determining the path forward.

Here we are introduced to Drew Silver--a former rock star (drummer) whose band broke up many years ago and whose marriage followed soon after. He has been living at an apartment complex filled with divorced and separated men. His ex-wife Denise has been living with a doctor and is close to getting remarried while his only daughter Casey is about to go off to Princeton and finds out that her quick summer fling has resulted in her being pregnant. And if that is not enough, "Silver" as he is called by everyone one day blacks out and when he awakes finds out that he has a heart condition that if not operated on soon will cause him to die--his doctor by the way is Denise's beau. The story follows a somewhat predictable but incredibly fast-paced road that focuses on Silver's decision to have or not have this surgery. He is to a large extent fed up with his current life and is just as happy to die and end it as he is to continue it.

This book gives the reader detailed insight into the life of single, divorced men, the struggles they and their families go through, and how they all cope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite JT book, ever
This was my favorite JT book. I did not want it to end. The main character was the best he has written. Read more
Published 6 days ago by J. Stern
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Published 6 days ago by Victoria Rael
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and heartwarming
If you like sarcastic characters and great writing you will love this book. I couldn't put it down. Wonderful read.
Published 6 days ago by erd
5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny novel full of sweet and profound sadness
Tropper can take a poignant moment, expand it into several pages - transitioning this fictional reality into slow motion - to deliver incredibly sharp humor coupled with (often... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Todd Crawshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Sneaky Writing
Reading this book is like wading into a pool at the shallow end. At first, it seems to be a story about sad-sack divorced guys in their forties with a case of arrested development. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Betsy Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 10 days ago by Beth A. Horan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good writing. Lots of humor on top of adversity which is exactly what I like read
Published 12 days ago by Robin S. Tullis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written and entertaining but too much family mellow drama for my taste.
Published 13 days ago by Jamil
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this writer a lot
I like this writer a lot. His stories always have a way of drawing you in. Have all his books, just haven't read them all yet.
Published 14 days ago by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome, comical book!
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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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