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When We Were Bad

A Novel

Charlotte Mendelson

'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.

‘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

When We Were Bad is a warm, poignant and true portrayal of a London family in crisis, in love, in denial and – ultimately – in luck.

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978033044930401
Published: 01/02/2008

Charlotte Mendelson

Charlotte Mendelson

Charlotte Mendelson was born in 1972 and grew up in Oxford. Her second novel, Daughters of Jerusalem, won the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Her third, When We Were Bad, was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008. Charlotte lives in London with her family.

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