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A Shmooz With Josh Braff About His New Novel, PEEP SHOW, Could This Be Kosher

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Can a novel about sexuality and religion possibly be kosher? That is what I am trying to find out in my interview with Josh Braff about his new novel, Peep Show. Set in the gritty world of Times square in the 1970s and the restricted community of New York's ultra-orthodox, Peep Show follows seventeen-year-old budding photographer David Arbus as he negotiates his way between his divorced parents, his own desires, and his future. David's newly orthodox mother is trying to erase her past. His father, who runs an adult theater, is struggling to maintain his dignity in a less than savory business. Joshua Braff perfectly captures the crazy and often unwitting selfishness to which parents subject their kids, and he strips away the curtains of these two closed worlds. As David peeps through the spaces in the screen that divides the men from the women in Hasidic homes, we can't help but think of his father's imperial Theatre. Here's novel evidence that all the world really is a stage-it's only a matter of which costume you choose to wear. 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. 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 a Quill Award nominee.