One Last Thing Before I Go
By Jonathan Tropper
(Dutton Adult, Hardcover, 9780525952367, 336pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
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The bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You returns with a hilarious and heart-rending tale about one family's struggle to reconnect.
You don’t have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in the Versailles, an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. His ex-wife, Denise, is about to marry a guy Silver can’t quite bring himself to hate. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter Casey has just confided in him that she’s pregnant—because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down.
So when he learns that his heart requires emergency, lifesaving surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what little time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment, even if that moment isn't destined to last very long. As his exasperated family looks on, Silver grapples with the ultimate question of whether or not his own life is worth saving.
With the wedding looming and both Silver and Casey in crisis, this broken family struggles to come together, only to risk damaging each other even more. One Last Thing Before I Go is Jonathan Tropper at his funny, insightful, heartbreaking best.
Jonathan Tropper 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 over twenty languages. He is also a screenwriter, and the co-creator and executive producer of the HBO/Cinemax television show Banshee, premiering in 2013.
"Tropper’s characters are likably zany and fallible, and perhaps more important, funny. One Last Thing Before I Go is a poignant story about facing death and celebrating life, even when things seem well beyond repair." --Newsweek/The Daily Beast
"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.”
“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.”
“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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