Jonathan Tropper

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Jonathan Tropper
Born (1970-02-19) February 19, 1970 (age 49)
Riverdale, New York, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, author, professor
Period2000 - present
Subjectfiction, humor
Notable worksHow to Talk to a Widower
SpouseStephanie Abram

Jonathan Tropper (born February 19, 1970) is an American writer and an adjunct faculty member at Manhattanville College.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Tropper was born in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York City. He studied English as an undergraduate at Yeshiva University and received a master's degree in creative writing at New York University, after which he spent eight years running a Manhattan-based company that manufactured displays for jewelry companies. He wrote at night and on weekends, ultimately publishing his first novel, Plan B, which attracted the attention of an agent, allowing him to leave his job and become a full-time writer. Four of Tropper's five books have been optioned at auction within a week of publication (The Book of Joe, How to Talk to a Widower, Everything Changes and This Is Where I Leave You).

The themes of his books appear to stem from his personal experiences: they deal with topics such as being single, growing up, getting married, being married, getting divorced, and living in suburbia. Tropper's hometown of New Rochelle in Westchester County, New York, is a main source of inspiration when creating the characters and settings in his books.[2]

How to Talk to a Widower was a 2007 selection for The Richard and Judy Show in the United Kingdom. Everything Changes was a Booksense selection. Three of Tropper's books are currently being adapted into movies. Tropper cowrote the film adaptation of The Book of Joe with Ed Burns, who will direct.[3] This Is Where I Leave You was published in August 2009 and was a New York Times bestseller.[4] It was made into the 2014 film of the same name. Tropper's most recent novel, One Last Thing Before I Go, was published in August 2012. The novel was optioned by Paramount Pictures for J. J. Abrams.

Tropper, together with David Schickler, created the 2013 television series Banshee, which premiered in January on Cinemax; Tropper serves as an executive producer on the show.

In October 2017, it was announced that Jonathan Tropper's series Warrior, based off Bruce Lee's original idea and set against the Tong Wars of 19th century San Francisco, was greenlit for series at Cinemax. Tropper will write and produced the show. Justin Lin, director of multiple Fast and Furious films and Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, will also executive produce.[5]

Tropper has three children.[6]


Director Shawn Levy released a film version of This Is Where I Leave You in Fall, 2014. The film co-starred Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda.



Title Year Notes
This Is Where I Leave You 2014 writer and executive producer
Kodachrome 2017 writer and producer
Irreplaceable You 2018 producer (post-production)
Harvey writer



Title Year Network Notes
Banshee 2013–16 Cinemax Created with David Schickler
Warrior Cinemax Created with Justin Lin
Micronesian Blues Cinemax


Title Year Notes
Banshee 2013–16 executive producer
Banshee Origins 2013–14 executive producer (seasons 1–2; 23 episodes)
Warrior executive producer (2 episodes)
American Body Plant executive producer
Micronesian Blues executive producer (1 episode)


Title Year Notes
Banshee 2016 1 episode: "Only One Way a Dogfight Ends"


Title Year Notes
Banshee 2013–16 17 episodes (seasons 1-4)
Banshee Origins 2013–14 23 episodes (seasons 1–2)
Vinyl 2017 1 episode: "Whispered Secrets"
Warrior 1 episode
Micronesian Blues 1 episode


  • 2000 – Plan B (ISBN 978-0312272760)
  • 2004 – The Book of Joe (ISBN 978-0385338103)
  • 2005 – Everything Changes (ISBN 978-0385337427)
  • 2007 – How to Talk to a Widower (ISBN 978-0385338912)
  • 2009 – This Is Where I Leave You (ISBN 978-0525951278)
  • 2012 – One Last Thing Before I Go (ISBN 978-0525952367)


  1. ^ Manhattanville Faculty Bio Archived 2013-01-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Muchnick, Jeanne (January 2010). "Tropper Uses New Rochelle as His Muse". Westchester Magazine.
  3. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (May 2, 2012). "Ed Burns' Indy Streak". Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Lussier, Germain (May 29, 2012). "All-Star Cast Joins Adam Shankman's 'This Is Where I Leave You'". Film. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-10-11). "'Warrior': Cinemax Sets Cast & Director For Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-20.
  6. ^ Gorce, Tammy La. "Writing as Vicarious Experience". Retrieved 2 November 2018.

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