Josie and Jack: A Novel

Josie and Jack: A Novel

by Kelly Braffet
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Josie and Jack: A Novel by Kelly Braffet


In Josie and Jack, Kelly Braffet gives us a deliciously dark, suspenseful novel in the tradition of Patricia Highsmith.

Beautiful, brilliant, and inseparable, Josie and Jack Raeburn live a secluded, anarchic existence in their decaying western Pennsylvania home. The only adult in their lives is their rage-prone father, a physicist, whose erratic behavior finally drives them away. Without a moral compass to guide them, Jack leads Josie into a menacing world of wealth, eroticism, and betrayal. His sociopathic tendencies emerge, and soon Josie must decide which is stronger: the love and devotion she feels for her brother or her will to survive.

From its opening page to its shocking climax, this contemporary Hansel and Gretel story is compulsively readable and hugely entertaining.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618441433
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/04/2005
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 825,238
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author


Kelly Braffet's first novel, Josie and Jack, was published in 2005. It was praised as “wicked fun . . . a gothic tour of hell” (Los Angeles Times) and “a compelling study of love, hate, and psychopathic jealousy” (New York Post). Braffet was born in Long Beach, California, in 1976, and has lived in Arizona, rural Pennsylvania and Oxford, England. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, and has taught novel writing at the Sackett Street Writing Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, the writer Owen King.

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Josie and Jack 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Jocelyn_K More than 1 year ago
I am finding it very hard to describe this book other than to say it was outstanding. I enjoyed every minute of it. The relationship between big brother Jack and "sweet smaller sister" Josie is unlike any I have ever seen before. Initially, upon reading the reviews and learning of the incestuous relationship of the 2 youths, I was both intruiged and offput, but I am glad I still gave it try. From the first page the duo is engaging. The writing is almost prose andvery vivid, at times, I felt as though I was watching it play out in my mind. The characters felt life-like and very real. Very rarely are you left feeling the aftermath of a book for the few days after you've finished it, but after reading 'Josie & Jack' I am left haunted by the book. I would recommend this book to everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kept waiting for it to get good and it just never did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In order to appreciate this literary achievement, you must have maturity and an open mind. This book is sexy, dark, psychological, complex, and brilliant. It moved me to tears by its honesty and bravery. I literally felt as if I had just been side by side through a journey with the two characters. I finished it in three hours because I simply could not put it down. It goes over the heads of most perhaps by its themes of incest and obsession, which are taboo topics and not too commonly tackled. But I think Josie and Jack is one of the best pieces of modern fiction I have read and should not be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I highly recomend it to any one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Josie and Jack, the ingenious teenage children who pass into the dark woods of this modern take on the Hansel and Grethel fairy tale, Kelly Braffet could not have created a more engaging pair of subjects for her first novel. Their background is delightfully lurid - the offspring of a mad woman and a sour physics professor, they have been raised in seclusion and homeschooled - but Josie and Jack are eerily real. Naive and strange and lonely and dangerous and, best of all, unencumbered by typical moralties, they show us our world through new eyes. And for the most part, it's not a pretty sight. Blessedly free of pretension, I can't remember the last time I read a literary first novel that was so assured, and so exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not everyone can write the truth of what society is like today.We tend to ignore these things and situations but they do happen. A good way of reveling todays dysfunctional families.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay.Well I got this book from the library and began to read it. At first I thought she was refering to Jack as her boyfriend.. but towards the second page I understood that they held some sort of bond that was more than just a sister-brother chemistry thing. I began to read it in the morning and by the afternoon I was done. With the expections of taking a break to hang out. There is just something about this book that is very easy to follow and not all books that are good should have hard to follow.. The ending I must add was very sad. I had to read it over to make sure I read correctly at what Josie did. But that is all for you to read and find out about. I dont want to spoil the fun. I think when I see my brother again I would give him an extra big hug. This book portrays the sibling relationship that goes beyond the normality of what should be. Josie and Jack both say that they are different from the rest of us. And I believe that is very true. They come from a broken home with abuse from their father. I dont want to add anymore spoilers. this was an incredible read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me very interested. It is definitely worth reading. I look forward to future books from Kelly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although it would be easy to think that the book involves intimate relations between Josie and Jack, it is more about how they rely on eachother for survival and how one must learn to survive on their own to...well...survive. Jack's love for Josie stems from the loss of his Mother. But the question still haunts after the book is through: Did they or didn't they?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I couldn't put it down. The book gave off an ominous feeling and the characters and really convincing, you can't help but feel their pain. It was darkly compelling and i'd suggest it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, I NEVER write online book reviews, so this is a first. I was hooked after the first page and finished the book 24 hours later. The characters are brilliant, and the whole tone of the book is that of a (extremely twisted) modern fairy tale. I wish it was longer because I wanted to know more. I can't believe that this is her first novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kelly Braffet is an amazing storyteller. She gets your attention from the first page and never lets go. You never know what to expect next in the book, yet you expect the inevitable and while waiting for it to happen you go for an exciting ride with these two highly unusual and interesting characters. I highly reccomend this great book.
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This is one of my favorite books. Very dark and disturbing in a Gillian Flynn sort of way...but way better! Not recommended for people who like happy, neat endings.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I like to read a variety of books but this was by far one of the most boring books I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book caught my eye. I liked it cause it was an easy read. Read it in a week without trying. Kept wondering what would become of them. It is very dark and sad.