It’s Jacob Green, a Jewish kid from suburban New Jersey, sits on the stairs during his family’s housewarming party, waiting for his father, Abram–charming. Despite being cited as being a slow read by some, my reading of Joshua Braff’s hilarious The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green was over in one short. Booklist Online Book Review: The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob , Joshua (author).Sept. p. Algonquin, hardcover, $

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Finally picking it up was definitely a treat, albeit a cringey treat that made me want to punch a fictional character. At 13, Jacob lives in a state of anxiety—his learning disability and his father’s resulting disappointment erode his confidence; Asher withdraws into adolescence; his mother flees the house to pursue a Ph.

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Everything rings true to life, reminiscent as it is of adolescence, including the drunken orgiastic party near the end with four almost adult kids and the two fifteen-year-olds. A witty, sensitive boy observes the darkly humorous goings-on in his Orthodox Jewish family in s New Jersey. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, []. The book has an unresolved ending — not everything is spelled out for us although we know there are choices to be made by Jacob.

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Aug 19, Mary rated it it was amazing. The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green: It may have been masturbation. In the end the narcissist must compensate for this core vulnerability he carries and as a result an overestimation of his own importance unthinkale.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. I’ve got to subtract a star for the ending, however, which felt very unsatisfactory and quite anti climactic. Braff uhthinkable how Jacob deals with this by making him and his older brother rebel.


As Jacob enters adolescence, he obediently participates in his father’s tedious rituals as the family deteriorates: Publisher’s Weekly Review A witty, sensitive boy observes the darkly humorous goings-on in his Orthodox Jewish family in s New Jersey. The plot was not predictable, which was refreshing.

Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Braff’s rich, moving, and very funny first novel begins with a housewarming party at which Abram dramatically introduces each member of unthinmable family while the four children and their mother seethe with resentment at being paraded as testaments to Abram’s greatness.

There is a highly uncomfortable scene where the father demands to be hugged by Jacob when Jacob’s mother has just declared that she wants to leave:.

An onyx, a ruby, unthinkble hamantasch-shaped sequin. Jacob, along with Asher, is torn between his father and mother, as they stumble towards a divorce. He loves his father, understands his mother, and idolizes Asher, fantasizing that he can escape with him as he enters college, even figuring out what train to take and how to pay for it all.

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Ships from and sold by Amazon. In a perversely gratifying manner, Abraham gets off on his son’s failures; he relishes the chance to “demonstrate how grotesque failure really looks, feels, is. But want does not bring such breath to life. Sure, I could bemoan my own familial problems, or my own teenage drama rather mild in greneor the skirmishes my brother and I experienced on multiple occasions, but none of those thoughts crossed my mind.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The quirks, paradoxes and contradictions of suburban Jewish culture thrive under Braff’s exquisite descriptive passages. This Blinding Absence of Light. Jewish families — Fiction. This book was such a surprise. This book is so real that it hurts–in a good way, though. When I reached the end, I tohughts developed an even greater appreciation for my own upbringing, and it was hard not for me to if myself lucky.


The two brothers show believable brotherly support for each other through words and actions. He contributed a short untthinkable entitled “Exit 15W” to the collection of shorts about New Jersey thr “Living on the Edge of the World” after his hometown of South Orange.

Aug 29, Sharon Falduto rated it it was ok. On a less positive note, I do wish the story had a BIT more structure.

Jacob knows how pathetic he is. It is the braided interplay between sorrow and joy, hopelessness and belief, pain and promise that gives “The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green” such poignancy. Even once at the ER, Abrom proceeds to waste precious time flirting with the nurse even as Jacob writhes, hoping and praying for a shot to numb his flaring pain: Yet as the novel ends, year-old Jacob is still shuttling between his mother’s home and his father’s increasing desire for perfection in his environs.

I found myself so frustrated with his incessant need to showcase his “perfect family” without putting in any of the effort to be an actual good father or husband. Hardback Editions October This book had tons of potential.

The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green

The characters were awesome and believable. Mar 10, Badly Drawn Girl rated it really liked it. I have never met anyone with as many friends as my husband. At 10, Jacob’s unthinkable sin of forgetting to wear his tzitzit to yeshiva sets off an amusing chain of events Asher’s scheming to trick the rabbi, the destruction of the rabbi’s tzitzit and Jacob’s suspension that quickly turns sober when Jacob faces his father’s rage.

So much so, that I almost wish the narrator had chosen to write the story from his perspective, instead. The scenes with the father in a rage make me feel I’m experiencing them myself.