Judd Foxman and his wife Jen suffered a traumatic miscarriage. Jen seeks refuge in the arms of Judd's boss. Judd quits his job and moves to a cheap apartment when he finds out that Jen is pregnant again. At the same time, Judd finds out that his father has died after a battle with cancer. Surprisingly, Judd's father's last request was for a traditional Shiva gathering. So, in an effort to satisfy his father's dying wish, Judd heads back to his family home for seven days of grieving with his mother and three siblings. What follows is a funny and poignant journey in which a single family attempts to address the grievances and frustrations that they have been wallowing in for decades. While there are moments that are heartbreaking and disappointing, Tropper carefully tempers that pain with pure comic genius. That makes This is Where I Leave You an easy book to recommend-it's engaging, poignant and laugh out loud funny.
Judd Foxman is thrown together with his dysfunctional family when his father dies, while at the same time coping with his wife's infidelity and the end of his marriage.