Plan B (Paperback)

By Jonathan Tropper

St. Martin's Griffin, 9780312645076, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2010



Turning thirty was never supposed to be like this. Ten years ago, Ben, Lindsey, Chuck, Alison, and Jack graduated from New York University and went out into the world, fresh-faced and full of dreams for the future. But now Ben's getting a divorce; Lindsey's unemployed; Alison and Chuck seem stuck in ruts of their own making; and Jack is getting more publicity for his cocaine addiction than his multimillion-dollar Hollywood successes.

Suddenly, turning thirty-- past the age their parents were when they were born, older than every current star athlete or pop music sensation-- seems to be both more meaningful and less than they'd imagined ten years ago.

Plan B, Jonathan Tropper's wonderful debut novel, is about more than friendship, love, celebrity, addiction, kidnapping, or even turning thirty-- it's a heartfelt comic riff on what it means to be an adult against your will, to be single when you thought you'd have a family, to discover you are not, in fact, immortal, and to learn that Star Wars is as good a life lesson today as it was when you were six years old.

About the Author

Jonathan Tropper is also the author of This Is Where I Leave You, How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes, and The Book of Joe. He lives with his family in Westchester, New York, where he teaches writing at Manhattanville College. He is currently adapting This Is Where I Leave You as a feature film for Warner Bros. studios.

Praise For Plan B

Praise for Jonathan Tropper and Plan B

“When I read McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City years ago, I realized that McInerney was going to hit big. I had the same feeling when I read Plan B, and I’ll go a step further: Tropper’s a much better writer . . . I raced through the novel, thoroughly intrigued.”
Rocky Mountain News on Plan B

“[A] smartly comic novel . . . Mr. Tropper’s dialogue here is fresh and fast.”
The New York Times on This Is Where I Leave You

“It’s amazing what can happen in the hands of the casually brilliant author . . . A.”
Entertainment Weekly