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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Plan B (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Joe / Bush Falls (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everything Changes (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Talk to a Widower (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
This is Where I Leave You (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Last Thing Before I Go (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Hailing from New York City, the American novelist Jonathan Tropper has been writing for a long time now, with a whole host of novels under his belt, as he mostly focuses on fiction writing, with his ability to meld iconic characters with engaging story-lines. This is something readers have warmed to over the many years of his career, with audiences worldwide continuing to discover his work on a regular basis. Not only that, but he has attracted the attention of Hollywood as well, having written had a film adaptation of his novel ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ in 2014 starring Jason Bateman and directed by Shawn Levy.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1970 on the 19th of February, the writer to be Jonathan Tropper was born and raised in Riverdale, New York City, in the United States. Growing up in the Riverdale area of the Bronx, he would take in inspiration from his surrounding environment, putting it back into his work later on. Harnessing his passion for both reading and writing, he’d nurture this skill from an early age, honing and refining it over the years to follow.

Attending New York University he would soon receive his master’s degree in creative writing, thus giving him the tools he required to take his writing career forwards. This would then give him the basis he needed to build up his material, forming his voice and style in the process. It would also allow him to further focus on his work and establish he was as a writer, whilst also giving him material to build upon.

Following this he went on to run and fully manage a small company in Manhatten that produced jewelry company displays. During this time, though, he continued to write, constantly building upon his material in every spare moment he had. Afterwards he then finally published his first début novel, as he brought ‘Plan B’ to the attention of his agent and, ultimately, the public.

With his 2012 novel ‘One Last Thing Before I Go’ being optioned by major Hollywood director and producer J.J. Abrams, he’s well on his way to success. Creating the television series ‘Banshee’ in 2013 with David Schickler, he’s made a name for himself both on-screen and off. Still writing to this very day, he has three children, as carries on writing with his career growing from strength-to-strength.

Writing Career

Writing his first full novel in 2000, Jonathan Tropper came onto the literary scene with ‘Plan B’ showing a clear comic wit. Making an impression, it would provide the foundations for many of his books that were to follow in the years to come. Articulating a particular mindset, it gave the reader an insight into a particular generation of people coming up into the world.

Mostly publishing standalone titles for his loyal following of readers, he was to adopt a particular style throughout his writing career. Known for being honest and getting to the heart of the matter, he has a succinct and straightforward tone filled with both brevity and pathos. Tropper is also gifted at bringing humor and wit to his subject matter, whilst creating engaging characters in realistic situations that resonate with the reader.

Becoming a firm favorite with both the critics and reviewers, he would work to establish himself within literary community. Making the selection with British television show ‘The Richard and Judy Show’ in 2007, he was able to get his book ‘How To Talk To A Widower’ listed. He also got to make the Booksense selection too, with ‘Everything Changes’, thus securing his place as a firm fixture on the best-seller lists.

Gaining a presence not just nationally, but internationally as well, he’s managed to appeal to readers of all varieties. With a worldwide appeal, he’s not only gained the respect of both his peers and contemporaries, but he’s also garnered a huge amount of commercial success too. This has seen him become one of the most prolific writers to date, and not just an influential writer, but screenwriter as well.

With a lot more to come from him as a writer, he will continue in a similar fashion for some time yet. Whether it’s publishing, film, or even television with his 2013 series ‘Banshee’ created for Cinemax, he’s becoming adept on many different platforms. Showing no signs of stopping any time soon, he will carry on writing into the foreseeable future, with plenty more titles set on the horizon.

How to Talk to a Widower

Originally published in 2007 through the Delacorte Press publishing label, this would be one of the later novels to come from Jonathan Tropper as an author. With a clearer and more articulate voice, this is a definite must for any fans of the author, as well as any potential newcomers too. It also provides a great character study, allowing readers to easily relate to the protagonists contained within it.

At the age of just twenty-nine Doug Parker has become a widower and, along with his sixteen year old stepson, must come to terms with this. On top of this, his sister Clair has just moved in with him following her break-up with her husband and is bossier than ever. Now it is up to him to get back into the dating scene and attempt to navigate its difficult waters, whilst simultaneously dealing with his family. Will he be able to deal with it all a second time round? Can he help his troubled stepson? What is necessary when finding how to talk to a widower?

Everything Changes

Initially released in 2005, this was first brought out through the Bantam publishing house to an already eager public. With him having firmly established his name by this point, it marks another strong entry from Jonathan Tropper as an author. It also continues many of the themes and ideas common to his work, developing and elaborating upon them in a clear and confident manner.

Zachary King seems to have it all; a Manhattan apartment that’s rent-free and a beautiful and intelligent blonde fiancée. Then comes the memory of Tamara, a widow of his deceased best friend who he still holds complicated feelings for. Not only that, but his father turns up after twenty years, and he’s as free-wheeling as ever, constantly popping Viagra on a regular basis. Will he be able to see the wedding day through? What will become of his father and Tamara? Can he cope as everything changes?

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