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Jonathan Tropper lays the awkward comedy on thick in his latest novel, This Is Where I Leave You. Not only is main character Judd Foxman forced to deal with his wife leaving him for his jerk boss, the infertility of his brother (causing an uncomfortable sex scene with his sister-in-law) or the bombshell that his wife is pregnant—he has to cope with all of this while sitting shiva for his father in the company of his dysfunctional family. If it sounds like perfect movie fodder, it should come as no surprise that the film rights have been claimed by Warner Brothers. Tropper writes with a refreshing voice, chewing over each mess to the point of making the reader uncomfortable—but in an ultimately satisfying way. Case in point: ever wonder what thoughts would race through your mind if you caught your spouse cheating on you while you hold her birthday cake? Tropper nails it.

TROPPER READS AT 7 P.M. AT POLITICS & PROSE, 5015 CONNECTICUT AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919.