When We Were Bad

by Charlotte Mendelson

Books of the Month - <b>May</b> eBooks of the Month Family Drama

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Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008.

May 2007 Book of the Month. After Leo walks out on his wedding to run off with the wife of his Rabbi we follow the unravelling lives of those affected by this event and the cracks that were already forming, in this seemingly perfect family, begin to break wide open. Trust, loyalties, love and friendship are all put to the test in a novel with a cracking pace. The interplay between the characters is absorbing and humorous and thoroughly believable, you won’t be able to put this one down.


When We Were Bad Synopsis

'The Rubin family, everybody agrees, seems doomed to happiness'

Claudia Rubin is in her heyday. Wife, mother, rabbi and sometime moral voice of the nation, everyone wants to be with her at her older son’s glorious February wedding. Until Leo becomes a bolter and the heyday of the Rubin family begins to unravel . . .

When We Were Bad Press Reviews

‘As intelligent as it is funny. A beautifully observed literary comedy as well as a painfully accurate description of one big old family mess’ Observer

‘Fast-paced and engaging. Brilliant, touching and true’ Naomi Alderman, Financial Times

‘Absolutely spellbinding, so funny, so moving, so totally believable’ Jacqueline Wilson

'Funny and emotionally true, this is a comedy with the warmest of hearts and the most deliciously subversive of agendas’ Book of the Month, Marie Claire

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ISBN: 9780330449304
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780330449298
Publication date: 04/05/2007
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330449304
Publication date: 1st February 2008
Author: Charlotte Mendelson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Charlotte Mendelson

Charlotte Mendelson was born in London in 1972 and grew up in Oxford.  She has written and reviewed for, among other places, the TLS, the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Observer and now works as a publisher.  She lives in North London with her family.

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