Peep Show

Peep Show

by Joshua Braff

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ISBN-13: 9781565125087
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joshua Braff the author of The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green, lives in California with his wife and two children. 

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Peep Show 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
vasquirrel on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Religious beliefs divide a family - it happens. The conflict in this novel, though, is pretty extreme -- on one side, a mother and daughter make the decision to become Orthodox Hasids, without the son - the narrator of the book, who ends up, almost by default, living with his father who is hanging on to a burlesque theater owned by HIS father. Times are tough for burlesque and David's father is "forced" to bring in adult toys and peep shows. So, on one side, two women are adopting the conservative dress and sheitels (brown wigs) and, on the other, women are taking it ALL off in the name of "entertainment". I don't read a LOT of fiction, and if I pick some up, it had better keep my attention - which this book did. I carried it around with me, reading it anytime I had five minutes. David, a budding photographer, captures both extremes of his family on film throughout the book, as he stands in a sort of no man's land -- not wanting to immerse himself in either. Great read!
alexann on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Peep Show by Joshua Braff was a very quick read that I powered through yesterday. Even though it moved quickly and was fairly compelling (what other terrible things could possibly happen to this shipwreck of a family?) it was not an enjoyable read for me. So I slept on it, and woke up knowing exactly why this novel was so unsettling. It was the anger! Has there ever been so much anger displayed by so many dysfunctional characters? Everybody was angry about something--or everything! David, too, was angry about everything in his life, but especially about his desertion by his family. His mother, especially, left him stranded; but his dad in his own way also deserted David by subjecting him to a thoroughly inappropriate lifestyle. Perhaps Debra wasn't angry, but only because she was too complacent to realize she should be angry. She lets the reader do it for her!
suesbooks on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book kept my interest, but was quite poorly written. The people were stereotypes and required no intelligence to portray them. I would not receomment this book to anyone. There are better written books that portray family disintegration; these books portray micj more comples characters. I question Braff's purpose in writing this book.
Adaptoid More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book stood out for me and I rarely purchase without research. However, I'm happy I discovered this great story! It is very difficult to write a novel with such hilarious prose and not overshadow the emotional heart of the characters involved. I laughed out loud throughout, while simultaneously aching for the familial trauma each individual suffered. I am not one to read a book quickly, as I don't have the time. I finished this in a little over one night. Highly recommend.
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