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One Last Thing Before I Go Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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Everything We Keep: A Novel
On the day of her wedding, she buried her fiancé—and unearthed shocking secrets. Learn More
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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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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.
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 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always enjoy Jonathan Tropper as a quick, light read. He is a very good writer.Published 4 days ago by Susan Biggs
Typical Jonathan Tropper. Humorous, emotional, and Entertaining. I am looking forward to the next one..Published 5 months ago by Mike Young
I love the sense of humor of the Author. This is the 2nd book I've read and it was equally as enjoyable!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fast read, about life and death, living, family. Lots of twists and turns, funny and charming. Could not put it down.Published 6 months 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 7 months ago by Robert Walter
Well written and very funny at times
I think we all know a Silver