At the end of the month, we’ll discuss the March DearWendy book club selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but in the meantime you can make your purchases or place your library holds on April’s selection — *drum roll, please* — This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. I stumbled upon TIWILY at an airport bookstore just after it was published in 2010. I can’t remember where I was flying to on that particular trip, but the novel has stayed with me ever since. In fact, I liked it so much, I have since read all of Tropper’s novels. Well, almost all of them. I’m still saving one for a rainy day.
At its core and on every page, This is Where I Leave You is a story about relationships. When a death in the family brings a cast of dysfunctional characters together under one roof again for the first time in a long while, they’re all faced with epiphanies about themselves and their lives (and of course, their relationships with each other). The novel is both heartbreakingly poignant and uproariously funny, and I bet you’ll recognize someone you know within its pages.
You can buy the paperback version of This is Where I Leave You here, and the kindle version here.