One Last Thing Before I Go

One Last Thing Before I Go

Book - 2012
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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 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 one another even more. -- Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780142196816
9780525952367
0525952365
Branch Call Number: TRO
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 1 last thing before I go

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bklyn74 Feb 13, 2016

This book is going along only "ok" but then really falls apart in the last 50 pages or so. The last 50 pages are essentially a repetition of the words "OK", "sorry" and "cry/crying".

This is Where I Leave You is light years better. It also turns corny at the end, but not nearly with the severity or length that "One Last Thing" does.

Not recommended.

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kburkhar
Aug 15, 2014

Absolutely loved the book, the character and the story, and I also enjoyed the ending. I want to read more novels by this author!

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lukasevansherman
Nov 26, 2013

Jonathan Tropper's follow up to his excellent novel "This Is Where I Leave You" follows the same pattern: family dysfunction, screwed up, but likable character and a mix of the heartfelt and the comic. While on the surface, he's treading on well-trod ground (comically messed up families, sad bastard males, Jews), he brings more warmth, humor and nuance to the material than most of his peers. I like "Leave You" a little better, but I also read it first. Maybe my favorite of the Jonathan (Franzen, Lethem, Safron Foer) writers.

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demag2
Apr 18, 2013

A truely wonderful story of friends, family, love and death all told in a laughting, while you're shedding a tear for all these poor mixed up people. Highly recommended.

smc01 Jan 14, 2013

Tropper is true-to-form in this humorous, heart-warming novel filled with crazy family relationships, bizarre friendships and health struggles. The characters are entrancing in spite of their strange behaviour and you will root for them care for them and feel you have come to know them very well. Highly recommended when you need a quick, funny, light-hearted read.

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sunny101877
Dec 17, 2012

Checked this out for my husband and he loved it. He talked me into reading it and it was very very good BUT the ending leaves you hanging...

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bette108
Sep 22, 2012

The best of Tropper. So funny that I laughed aloud every few pages.

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Rock_Shadow
Sep 13, 2012

There is much of what life is about: family, loneliness, love, hate, marriage, death, and more; a lots of laughter and some tears. Very good read.

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