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 is a warm, poignant and true portrayal of a London family in crisis, in love, in denial and - ultimately - in luck.
"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.
"Intelligent and witty. The Rubin family may be a singular one but the delights and the difficulties its members have with sex and spirituality, food and domesticity, expectation and achievement, will have a universal appeal" -Sunday Telegraph.
"[Mendelson] is a keen observer ... she deftly blends humor and pathos in this portrayal of a family in crisis."
Charlotte Mendelson was born in 1972 and grew up in Oxford. She was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award in 2004. Charlotte lives in London with her family.