Braff’s elegiac tale of a mid-’70s Jersey boyhood shares at least one attribute?a psychologically abusive father?with brother Zach’s zanier movie, Garden State. But Unthinkable’s paterfamilias, the smothering, histrionic narcissist Abram Green, is more richly awful: Every member of the clan – from wistful shiksa wife Claire to rebellious firstborn Asher to our teenage narrator Jacob – is expected to perform in Dad’s nonstop ego cabaret. As Braff chronicles the inevitable implosion in brisk, readable prose, his texture (if not his Roth-ish sexual realism) recalls very good young-adult fiction. Perhaps that’s because he doesn’t develop so much as defend poor besieged Jacob, who learns cruel lessons in the limits of love – and not much else.
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green Braff's elegiac tale of a mid-'70s Jersey boyhood shares at least one attribute?a psychologically abusive father?with brother Zach's zanier movie, The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob GreenFictionJoshua Braff Braff's elegiac tale of a mid-'70s Jersey boyhood shares at least one attribute?a psychologically abusive father?with brother Zach's zanier movie, 2004-09-10Algonquin Books
Genre: Fiction; Author: Joshua Braff; Publisher: Algonquin Books
Posted September 10 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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