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I really didn’t want to finish the book and leave the company of the Foxmans
on February 14, 2015
This is the first book I’ve read by Tropper, and I will be reading more. He has a lovely way with words, and comes up with some gems. From the first page I knew I was in for a treat, both by the quality of the writing and the laugh out loud humour, which is such a delight. Written in the first person, he offers insight not only into his main character, but also into the family dynamics of smart and disparate siblings.
Judd Foxman, the main character, finds out on the first page that his father has died after a long illness, and that his father’s dying wish was for the family to sit shiva. The thought of his dysfunctional family being in the same house for 7 days of mourning is more than a little terrifying, particularly as Judd has only recently lost his job and been abandoned by his wife. Well, I say abandoned, but Tropper goes into hilarious and excruciating detail about how Judd came home early one day to find his wife in bed with his boss.
What is so apparent, is that most of the family comes to life under Tropper’s guidance, and there is a definite delineation of character and personalities which is difficult with so many characters to manage. Using shiva as the excuse to put the family into close proximity for a week, Tropper teases out the personalities of each of the family members, and there is something really appealing about each of them, despite their foibles.
I thought it was a joy to read, and I really didn’t want to finish the book and leave the company of the Foxmans. I highly recommend it.