Tropper's latest novel is the funniest book I read this year (and possibly the funniest ever written about sitting shiva). After Judd Foxman's atheist father dies, his brothers and sister are astounded to learn his last wish was for them to observe the Jewish tradition of mourning together for seven days, as other friends and relatives visit to pay their respects. The Foxmans reluctantly comply and gather for a week of dysfunctional interaction, both with each other and with an endless stream of quirky mourners with their contributions of food, platitudes, and more food. Bawdy humor, keenly observed human [mis]behavior, sexual adventures and sharp verbal combat follow as Judd tries to come to terms with the losses in his life and his family's secrets and lies.
Submitted by Christine