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Peep Show

Joshua Braff


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David Arbus will be graduating from high school in the spring of 1975. His divorced parents offer two options: embrace his mother’s Hasidic sect or go into his father’s line of work, running a porn theater in the heart of New York’s Times Square. He joins the family business. What else would a healthy seventeen-year-old with an interest in photography do? But he didn’t think it would mean giving up his mother and sister altogether.

Peep Show is the bittersweet story of a young man torn between a mother trying to erase her past and a father struggling to maintain his dignity in a less-than-savory business. As David peeps through the spaces in the screen that divides the men and the women in Hasidic homes, we can’t help but think of his father’s Imperial Theatre, where other men are looking at other women through the peepholes.

As entertaining as it is moving, Peep Show looks at the elaborate ensembles, rituals, assumed names, and fierce loyalties of two secret worlds, stripping away the curtains of both.

Praise For Peep Show

"Braff skillfully illuminates the failures and charms of a broken family . . . Haunts long after the final page."


— San Francisco Chronicle

"A tumultuous family drama . . . the glimpse [Braff] offers of these strange and usually closed institutions makes for interesting and enlightened reading." --San Francisco Chronicle

— BookPage

"Although Peep Show could be a heavy-handed family drama, Braff chooses to keep the story light, sketching several funny but poignant scenes . . . The comic thrust, however, never detracts from the novel's intimate peek into a divided family." --BookPage

Algonquin Books, 9781565125087, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

About the Author

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