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One Last Thing Before I Go Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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"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)
“…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"Tropper entertainingly examines the angst of middle-age masculinity." - Kirkus
"Tropper is a master of the mid-life male coming-of-age story, and his latest is full of the charm and wit his readers cherish." - Booklist
“It’s amazing what can happen in the hands of the casually brilliant author. . . . Read and weep with laughter.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Tropper gets men. He's a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.”
— USA Today on This is Where I Leave You
“A tender and unexpectedly hilarious take on the messiness of family life.”—People StyleWatch
“Artful and brilliant, filled with colorful narratives and witty dialogue.”
— Associated Press on This is Where I Leave You
“This is a beautiful novel about men -- their lust and rage and sweetness.”
— The Washington Post, on This is Where I Leave You
“Tropper… [proves] his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page turning story.”
— Publishers Weekly on This is Where I Leave You
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast read, about life and death, living, family. Lots of twists and turns, funny and charming. Could not put it down.Published 6 days ago by April Bayne
Makes you appreciate the Jewish traditions. Silver has many flaws but is still loveable in a flawed way. I found some of the language distracting.Published 1 month ago by Robert Walter
Well written and very funny at times
I think we all know a Silver
This was not one of Tropper's funniest works. It wasn't adventure or suspense yet I couldn't put this down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim
I really enjoyed this book. Jonathan Tropper is so funny! The family he writes about could be mine.
This book made me laugh, cry and route for a happy ending. Read more
The best part of this book is the author's humor. Had me laughing throughout.Published 5 months ago by Marcy From Maui
3.5 stars, love tropper and this one was good, but not great. got better as it went along...Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey Roberts
Trooper spins an outstanding yarn full of laughs and tears, tragedy and triumph. Can't wait to read his next one.Published 5 months ago by James L. Weaver