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Books to read before they hit Indian theatres in 2014

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MUMBAI: Here’s the review of the ninth book in the 10-part series that features books being adapted into Hollywood movies in 2014.

This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper

It is often said that the only occasions the family comes together is either to welcome another into the clan or mourn the loss of another.

The Foxman family comes together for the first time in years to mourn the loss of their father to fulfill their father’s last dying wish which was to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family. The father is survived by his wife, daughters and his son, Judd Foxman. Judd's wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets get revealed, and old passions are reawakened. For Judd, it's a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd's father died: She's pregnant.

This Is Where I Leave You is considered to be Jonathan Tropper's most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny and an emotionally raw and honest novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind. This Is Where I Leave You currently stands at 3.90/5 of 31,313 ratings on Goodreads.

The live action motion picture adaptation of the book directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) with a screenplay by Jonathan Tropper boasts quite an interesting star cast lead by Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Connie Britton (Nashville), Rose Byrne (Damages), Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Ben Schwartz (House of Lies), Corey Stoll (The Strain), Adam Driver (Girls) with Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Academy Award winner Jane Fonda (The Newsroom).

This Is Where I Leave You releases at a theater near you 26 September.

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