Joshua Braff

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Joshua Braff (born October 11, 1967) is an American writer.

Braff's first novel, The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green, described as a Jewish coming of age tale,[1] was published in 2004 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.[2] The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green was an ALA Notable Book, named to Booklist's Top 10 1st Novels List, and chosen for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. His second novel Peep Show was published by Algonquin in 2010. In a four-star review of Peep Show, People Magazine said, “Braff skillfully illuminates the failures and charms of a broken family. That teen longing for adults to act their age haunts long after the final page.”

Braff's third novel, The Daddy Diaries, will be published on May 5, 2015. Novelist Adam Langer (The Thieves of Manhattan) had this to say about The Daddy Diaries: “Honest and heartfelt, Joshua Braff’s novel about the perils of 21st century fatherhood contains more moments of truth than several hundred bestselling memoirs or self-help books. The wry humor and compulsive readability may remind readers of Jonathan Tropper or Nick Hornby, but the hard-won wisdom and disarming vulnerability in “The Daddy Diaries” is all Braff’s own.”

Braff grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and attended Columbia High School. He graduated from NYU in 1991 with a BS in Education. In 1995 Braff entered St. Mary’s College of California where he earned an MFA in creative writing/fiction. He contributed a short work entitled "Exit 15W" to the collection of shorts about New Jersey entitled Living on the Edge of the World after his hometown of South Orange.[3]

Joshua is the older brother of actor-director Zach Braff. His father was born Jewish and his mother, originally a Protestant, converted to Judaism.[4][5]


  1. ^ Naomi Pfefferman (September 17, 2004). "Another Braff Tale of Jewish Ennui". Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on October 18, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ Heidi Benson (September 22, 2004). "Joshua Braff's First Novel Taps into the Wild, Hilarious Mind of a 13-year-old. Comparisons to J.D. Salinger are Welcome.". The San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on April 28, 2006. Retrieved February 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ Judy Wilson (December 20, 2007). "What Exit?". New Jersey Jewish News. Retrieved February 13, 2008. 
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