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. -- Prince Street Press
THE DADDY DIARIES by Joshua Braff is a humorous and touching story about a stay-at-home dad and his two preteen kids. When his wife goes to work in a beach town in Florida, Jay has to adjust to life in the south. He is surrounded by a rich (but stupid) older brother, a crazy townie friend, and a teenage son who's growing up way too fast. Needless to say, Jay's world is turned upside down.
I haven't had a chance yet to read THE DADDY DIARIES, but the book's description makes it sound terrific. I have a feeling that this book explores all types of relationships and it sounds both funny and poignant. Here's what Adam Langer, author of The Thieves of Manhattan, had 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."
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