When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson

About the book

Claudia Rubin is in her heyday. Wife, mother, rabbi & 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.

Reviewed by Basingstoke Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group:

We found the characters well written but irritating – an extremely dysfunctional family. We found the references to Jewish culture interesting. The slightly jokey tone of the book didn’t come off. We would not necessarily recommend this book.

Star rating: **

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