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When We Were Bad

Claudia Rubin is in her heyday. Wife, mother, rabbi and sometime moral voice of the nation, it is she whom everyone wants to be with at her older son's glorious February wedding. Until Leo becomes a bolter and the heyday of the Rubin family begins to unravel ...His calm, married, more mature sister, Frances, tries to hold the centre together but the stresses, for Frances, force her to re-examine her own middle way and lead to a decision as shocking in its way as Leo's has been. Meanwhile, Claudia's husband Norman has, uncharacteristically, a secret to hide - a secret whose imminent unveiling he can do nothing about ...This work presents a warm, poignant and true portrayal of a London family in crisis, in love, in denial and - ultimately - in luck.

'Mendelson combines a scattering of Jewish vernacular, wit, and appealing character portraits in her warm prose.' -- Culture, Sunday Times'Now this intense and funny tale of a priceless family ruled by a glamorous female rabbi is back.'
-- Jewish Chronicle

'Relentlessly good; crammed with brilliant, skewering details, for which Mendelson has a magpie's eye.' -- The Observer - Pick of the Paperbacks 2008

'This is the wickedly funny and poignant story of a Jewish family in crisis, beautifully observed and painfully authentic.' -- Daily Mail

Agent: Peter Straus
Territories: English: Picador
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