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One Last Thing Before I Go: A Novel by [Tropper, Jonathan]
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Genuinely very funny, as well as engaging and rather moving DAILY MAIL Witty story of Silver, a lonely middle-aged ex-rockstar with a pregnant teenage daughter. HEAT Another tear-jerker that's told with great wit, this time written from a bloke's point of view. Jonathan has been a pick on the Richard and Judy Book Club before, and this is a nicely observed poignant take on learning to be a man and a father before time runs out. STAR magazine 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 'A poignant story about facing death and celebrating life, even when things seem well beyond repair' THE DAILY BEAST 'Eminently quotable, hilariously funny, and emotionally draining, this arresting tour de force will entertain well after the book is done' LIBRARY JOURNAL 'A tender and unexpectedly hilarious take on the messiness of family life' PEOPLE Very well-observed ... fabulously entertaining THE TIMES on THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Consistently witty, often insightful and full of strong and engaging characters DAILY TELEGRAPH on HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER Sad, funny, brilliant EVENING HERALD on HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER 'Darkly entertaining ... fast and fresh' NEW YORK TIMES on HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER

About the Author

Jonathan Tropper was born and raised in Riverdale, New York. He attended the creative writing program at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science, where he received a Masters degree. He 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 more than twenty languages. He is also a screenwriter and the cocreator and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television series Banshee, premiering in 2013. . He lives with his wife and children in Westchester, NY, and teaches writing at Manhattanville College. Visit his website at: www.jonathantropper.com.

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  • File Size: 1202 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; Reprint edition (August 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HU7R20
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I don't know Jonathan Tropper, or what his life has been like, but he sure does have the ability to provide pitch-perfect perspective into young (and not-so-young) men struggling with what they've made of their lives. His This is Where I Leave You was my favorite book of 2009, and I've enjoyed a number of his earlier books as well, because I love how he gives poignantly funny voice to these somewhat dysfunctional men as they try to get a handle on their past, present, and future.

In his newest book, One Last Thing Before I Go, Drew Silver is a 40-something musician who briefly had a taste of fame as the drummer of a one-hit-wonder band years before. What he has become good at is making a shambles of things--his ex-wife is getting remarried, and his college-bound daughter, with whom he shares a sporadic relationship, has just revealed she's pregnant. To top it off, he drinks too much, has gained weight, and lives in the Versailles, an apartment building mostly populated with divorced men like him. He finds it's easier to do nothing than risk disappointing others, or himself.

When he discovers he needs a life-saving operation to repair a tear in his aorta, he decides that rather than spend more time in the sad state his life has become, he'll refuse to have the operation. That decision, of course, doesn't sit well with his family or friends, and neither does his newly found habit of actually speaking his thoughts out loud, which leads to numerous awkward, painful, and emotional situations. What Silver wants more than anything is to be a better man, be a better father, and to fall in love, but whether he can accomplish any of those before dying--or being abandoned by those he loves--is anyone's guess.
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