Joshua Braff perfectly captured the pitch of the dysfunctional family in his debut novel The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green. The book was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, landed on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and received incredible praise from reviewers and authors alike. Kirkus called it “a scarifyingly funny debut,” and USA Today raved “A funny, heart twisting story…[Braff writes] with wry humor, assured prose and a keen sensitivity to the emotional minefields of familial relationships…Braff deftly captures the monumental and the miniscule moments of everyday life.”
His new novel PEEP SHOW (Algonquin Books; June 1, 2010; Trade Paperback Original; $13.95; 272 pages) is a coming of age story about a boy trapped between the two worlds of his separated parents. At age seventeen David Arbus is forced to make a choice – stay with his mother and sister and live by the rules of their Hasidic sect or follow his father and help him run the family’s porn theater in the heart of 1975’s seedy Times Square. Jacob goes with the latter, but is heartbroken that his decision means cutting off contact with the rest of his family.
Braff breathes life into the Times Square of old while providing a window into the closed yet oddly similar worlds of severely ritualized Judaism, and burlesque driven smoke and mirrors. From the costumes to the aliases to the loyalties of history, we meet everyone from crude strippers to sexy shop merchants, to eccentric Hasidic loyalists, and the children they raise. PEEP SHOW is a fast paced, comedic novel you will not be able to put down.
About the Author:
Joshua Braff grew up in South Orange, New Jersey and graduated from Columbia High School. He received his undergraduate degree in education from NYU and his MFA in creative writing at St. Mary’s College in California. He currently lives outside of San Francisco with his wife and two children. His debut novel The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller; a 2004 Barnes & Noble New Writer’s Choice, a Booklist top 10 novel and nominated for a Quill Award that same year.
Please visit his website www.joshuabraff.com
Algonquin Books; June 1, 2010; Trade Paperback Original; $13.95, 272 pages