The Arty Semite

Mr. Tropper's Novels

By Laurie Gwen Shapiro

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Here’s a brief cheat sheet on Jonathan Tropper’s literary oeuvre.

Plan B
St. Martin’s Press (2000)

Four New York City former college friends try to kidnap a drug-addicted friend and get his life back on track.

The Book of Joe
Delacorte Press (2004)

A thinly veiled novel by a first-time author (based on a Connecticut small town and its very dark secrets) becomes a huge best-seller and a major movie. Joe Goffman never expected to go home, but after his father has a stroke he has to return to now-enemy turf.

Everything Changes
Delacorte Press (2005)

As his wedding day to a blue-blooded fiancée approaches, Zachary King is haunted by his best friend’s car wreck and by increasingly complicated feelings for the friend’s beautiful widow.

How To Talk to a Widower
Delacorte Press (2007)

Doug Parker is a 29-year-old man who has to raise his 15-year-old stepson after his wife dies.

This Is Where I Leave You
Dutton (2009)

The dysfunctional Foxman family gathers at the shiva of their atheist patriarch. Among the many unfolding disasters, Jen, wife of protagonist Judd Foxman, is pregnant with Judd’s boss’s child.

One Last Thing Before I Go
Dutton (2012)

Washed-up rocker Drew Silver knows that the wife he stupidly left is about to marry a really nice guy, that his pregnant daughter is deeply disappointed in him and that if he doesn’t have an operation, he can die at any moment.


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