The Way Things Should Be

Bridie Jabour
May 2018

RRP: A$29.99
ISBN: 9781760681807
Format: Paperback

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‘Mitford sisters for the Millennial generation – Bridie writes about siblings in a way that is funny, wise and all too real’ – Brigid Delaney

Book overview

A warm and genuine novel about the hopes, expectations, failings and disappointments of millennials.

Claudia is getting married in a week. Well, she’s 85% sure she is getting married in a week. Maybe 75%… First, she must return home to spend the week with her siblings Zoe, Phinn and Poppy who, despite their best intentions, are quick to return to long-established battle lines.

The arrival of her best friend Nora, desperately trying to keep her own demons quiet, does nothing to soothe the possessive sisters. Meanwhile, their parents George and Rachel, long estranged from each other, are struggling with how different their children turned out to what they’d imagined. Taller, maybe?

The Way Things Should Be is a warm, funny and genuine novel about the conflicting joys and disappointments of millennials. It explores the complex relationships between parents and adult children, what we expect and what actually receive, and the complicated terrain that is the relationships with our siblings, best friends, and ourselves.