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May 12, 2015 / Leslie

Feature and Giveaway – The Daddy Diaries

The Daddy Diaries by Joshua Braff

Today I have a special feature and the opportunity for one of my readers to win a copy of The Daddy Diaries, an authentic, funny and honest tale about modern family life.

About the Book

Daddy DiariesThe Daddy Diaries

by Joshua Braff
Publisher: Prince Street Press
Publication Date: May 2015
Format: Paperback | 288 pages

Jay and Jackie uproot their family of four from San Francisco after Jackie loses her job but finds a lucrative new one in St. Petersburg, Florida. Jay, a one-time copywriter and aspiring author, now plays househusband, caring for his troubled thirteen-year-old son and precocious daughter as they adjust to their new life. As his children begin to assert their independence, Jay realizes that the challenges of child rearing are only going to grow more difficult in the teen years. Through a series of misadventures and run-ins with his narcissistic older brother, his lunatic childhood friend, and his increasingly estranged but beloved son, Jay learns that he must tap his own vulnerabilities if he is to be the rock of stability his family so desperately needs.

Overflowing with pathos and humor, The Daddy Diaries is a memorable take on contemporary fatherhood and a clear-sighted look at how the upending of traditional marital roles can affect the delicate balance of familial love. In his third and best novel to date, Joshua Braff vividly evokes the unpredictable dance that families do, and captures how they similarly ebb and flow.

About the Author

JoshuaBraffI grew up in South Orange, New Jersey, and went to Columbia High School. I graduated from NYU in ’91 with a BS in Education. In 1995 I entered St. Mary’s College of California. There I received an MFA in creative writing/fiction. I published three short stories during this time in national literary journals before I wrote a first novel called Digging Suburbia. I was never able to sell it but acquired my first literary agent with the book. I wrote The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green after my son turned 6 months old. The book would have three publishing offers right after I finished it two years later. I started writing Peep Show after hearing a story about a man who was an orthodox Jew, living in Long Island, who commuted to Times Square to run peep houses. The book turned out to be a complex ride about familial relationships and the tangles that disenchantment and history and self-absorption can cause.

I live in California with my wife of almost 20 years and my two children, Henry and Ella. I love the game of baseball and played until I turned 40. I also love acrylic/oil painting in the Color Field genre. I’m most inspired by the painters, Barnett Newman, Dan Christensen, Kenneth Noland and Mark Rothko. I also play the guitar and drums.

Connect with Joshua

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Giveaway Information

Courtesy of the publicist, I have one copy of The Daddy Diaries to give away to a reader with a continental US mailing address. To enter, fill out the form below on or before midnight, Saturday, May 23rd. For an extra entry, tweet or blog about the giveaway. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.

Giveaway has ended

Winner: Anita

 
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Source: Giveaway provided by Tandem Literary.
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