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One Last Thing Before I Go

A Novel

by Jonathan Tropper

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One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
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  • Published Aug 2012
    336 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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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 the 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 each other even more. One Last Thing Before I Go is Jonathan Tropper at his funny, insightful, heartbreaking best.

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"Starred Review. Eminently quotable, hilariously funny, and emotionally draining, this arresting tour de force will entertain well after the book is done." - Library Journal

"Tropper entertainingly examines the angst of middle-age masculinity as he looks at Silver, a man both growing up and growing old." - Kirkus Reviews

"Though Silver's charm doesn't translate on the page, Tropper fans can rest easy - plans are in the works to bring Silver to the silver screen." - Publishers Weekly

"It's amazing what can happen in the hands of the casually brilliant author... Read and weep with laughter." - Entertainment Weekly

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Jonathan Tropper Author Biography

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Jonathan Tropper is the internationally bestselling author of six novels: Plan B, The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How To Talk to a Widower, This Is Where I Leave You, and One Last Thing Before I Go. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He recently adapted This Is Where I Leave You as a feature film for Warner Bros. Studios, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, and is currently adapting One Last Thing Before I Go for Paramount. Jonathan is also the co-creator and executive producer of the television show Banshee, which premiered on Cinemax in January 2013. He lives in Westchester, NY with his three children.

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