It got me thinking about when I turned thirty. And as I recall it I did not go through any kind of crisis, wondering what my life meant and where was I headed blah blah blah. I was still living in Kalamazoo at the time, an adjunct English instructor at Western Michigan University. However, I did turn down teaching work for the following school year because I was worried that I’d wake up one day and I’d be 50 and I’d still be teaching part-time, and then what? So perhaps there was a bit of that life contemplation thing going on. I don’t really remember reflecting on it too much. I think that may have been that I just wanted to be moving on, you know.
Oh. I almost forgot to mention that in the book the group of friends actually kidnaps their friend, Jack, and haul him off to the cottage. One of them is a doctor and he injects him with Thorazine, I think it is. Of course, it’s utterly ridiculous. Who would really do such a thing? But I liked the slap-stick hi-jinx quality of it. Again, it was funny.
The prose is very readable. And in the end all is pretty much right with the world, which normally I’d scoff at but I accepted here. In fact, I kind of liked it. Who knows? Perhaps I’m going a little soft in my old age.
Another novel similar to this one, i.e. about GenXers turning thirty and wondering where their lives are headed, but that strikes a distinctly different tone is Claire Messud’ The Emperor’s Children, an excellent novel that I enjoyed very much when I read it, although the ending didn’t quite satisfy me. I won’t ruin it here.
This was not the first Jonathan Tropper book that I’d read. The first one was entitled The Book of Joe. I’ve also read This is Where I Leave You, which according to the back cover of Plan B is being made into a movie. Along with Plan B I’d recommend all three of these books. And I suspect that his other two novels will be just as entertaining, and I’m looking forward to reading them.