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Jonathan Tropper offers 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Jonathan Tropper offers 'This Is Where I Leave You'

On a recent afternoon, author Jonathan Tropper sat down in a Brentwood restaurant and surveyed the beverage options. "How honest do you want me to be?" he asked. "Sometimes I become dangerously honest with a cocktail." After a moment of careful deliberation, he settled on a Diet Coke. "It feels a little early," he explained somewhat apologetically.

As readers of his novels know, Tropper, 44, can be dangerously honest no matter what he's drinking, laying bare the flaws and foibles of his suburban middle-class characters as they fumble through marriage, careers, midlife crises and family squabbles. Given his talent for blending cutting wit with...

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