Like many fans of Jonathan Tropper, I have been eagerly awaiting a new book since his breakout novel, This Is Where I Leave You, was published in 2009. Often compared to Nick Hornby, Tropper has proven to have a unique gift in capturing the essence of comically flawed and American males and their dysfunctional families.
Tropper’s latest novel, One Last Thing Before I Go, has all the qualities Tropper fans love about his previous novels, with new depth.
The story focuses mostly on the middle-aged Silver, once the drummer of a one-hit-wonder band whose life has since fallen apart. His college-bound daughter has revealed to him that he’s pregnant and his ex-wife is soon to be remarried, to a doctor who can perform life-saving surgery on him that he has decided not to have. Silver has decided he’d much rather make peace with those he’ll leave behind, rather than continue with a life that has gone down the toilet and done no one else much good.
Unlike Tropper’s previous novels, One Last Thing Before I Go is written in the third person, shifting between the story’s main characters, allowing the reader to understand each character’s perspective of the story as it unfolds. Classic Tropper with a new twist.