I know it's been explored countless times before - the true nature of a family in contrast to the facade they put on for the public - and I have to admit that this made me initially reluctant to read this book. I didn't want to read another generic story that showed how a seemingly pristine ... Read review
"...the facade slip - even when it seems like her entire world is falling apart, and though this often prevents her from understanding the emotions of her husband and children, I think it establishes her as the core of the family unit. There are three main issues that tie the plot together - Leo, the eldest son, and his affair with another rabbi's wife, causing him to jilt his fiance on their wedding day; Frances, the eldest daughter, and her marriage ..."
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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...A warm, poignant and true portrayal of a London family in crisis, in love, in denial and - ultimately - in luck.