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4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality soap opera with substance ..., 11 Aug. 2008
This review is from: When We Were Bad: A Novel (Paperback)
I really love it when I hit upon a book that is light and perfect for a holiday read, without being vacuous or cliched. This is one such book.

The story is set in London and centres around a female Rabbi - Claudia Rubin - who is very well respected and loved in the community. She is there for her congregation when they need her, thoughtful to a fault and always dresses and behaves impeccably. Her family life seems perfect to the outside world and the Rubins are envied far and wide.

But, you never know what's going on behind closed doors and when her son decides to leave his fiance - at the altar - to elope with the wife of a fellow Rabbi, it becomes clear that all is not well with Claudia Rubin's family.

From this point the illusion of happiness that has cloaked her family begins to untangle. The story is amusing and light - it feels like a good quality soap opera with substance! You can't wish for more than that for a holiday read surely?!

Incidentally, as someone who knows little about the Jewish faith, I greatly enjoyed reading about Jewish celebrations and the amazing preparations that go into them ... this was all weaved seamlessly into the story.

Give yourself a treat and read this book!
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2011 14:21:50 GMT
Appreciated your review, but I don't think "amusing" and "light" are the appropriate qualifications. There are some FUNNY episodes in the book but I don't think they're particularly amusing (e.g. when Frances catches sight of the enlightening bra....funny for us but not at all amusing to her in that it suddenly reveals unknown qualities in herself) "Light"? There's so much drama and secrecy in the lives of the Rubin family. I must add that I enjoyed this book so much that as soon as I'd finished it, I immediately began to read it over again! Glad that you , too, enjoyed it and that it gave you an insight into Jewish traditions.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2014 14:01:42 BDT
H. Eaton says:
Thanks for your comment and I'm glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did.
I really meant 'light' in the sense that you are pretty sure that things are going to work out well in the end and that even though bad things happen they ultimately sit lightly on the characters. I'm not sure if that makes sense - hope it does. I didn't mean to take away from the book at all with the use of these adjectives.
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