The story picks up with Judd Foxman's sister nonchalantly announcing their father's death. After going to his childhood home to bury his father, along with his two brothers, sister, and mother, they find out their father requested they sit shiva as his dying wish. In the Jewish tradition, shiva is a week of mourning after the passing of a parent, spouse, sibling, or child. It consists of a lot of family time and guests paying visits throughout the week. Seems like a fair request from a dying man, although his kids think differently. Their father was never a religious man and the Foxman family is a "hot mess," to put it kindly. In one week, what could go wrong? Everything...and they know it.
I have two different opinions of this book. First, the narration is hilarious. It is first person, from Judd. So many funny one liners and his voice was just great! The narration really made the story as much as any part of the plot. I wrote down enough quotes to last me for a couple months of Sunday Sentence!
However, I think the book was a little heavy on the sex talk. I've read and was fine with plenty of books with scenes or language in them. These things don't offend me or cause me to give up on a story, but with this book I'd find myself laughing at a section and suddenly there was something dealing with sex showing up. It threw off the momentum of the funny parts for me and overshadowed scenes where an intimate scene might be needed for the plot. And even for the parts where intimacy was needed for the plot, the description was too much. I guess I felt the humor was the focus and too much unnecessary sex talk took away from it more than anything.
Overall I really liked the book, the narrator so well written I can't help but appreciate it, but I will be careful recommending it. If you are a reader who is not easily bothered or offended by such topics, then you would like this book.
Ever read a book that you truly loved, except for that one thing about it (whatever it may be)?