You Gotta Have Balls: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Jun 27, 2006 - Fiction - 275 pages
11 Reviews

Ruth Rothwax, the heroine of Lily Brett's Too Many Men, which was hailed as "irresistible" (People) as well as "funny," "powerful," and "chilling" (O magazine), is back. The proprietor of a successful letter-writing business, Ruth has just branched out into a new greeting-card line. But it's not easy. Her father, Edek, is driving her crazy at the office. And the very people she thought would be most supportive -- other women -- are not. Instead of acting in one another's best interests, the women are catty and competitive, behaviors Ruth swears that she will never imitate. Until she meets the one woman who turns her aspirations of sisterly solidarity -- and her life -- upside down.

Fresh off the plane from Poland, Zofia is a buxom, sixty-something femme fatale with a talent for making balls. Meatballs, that is. When Edek asks his savvy daughter to fund his friend Zofia's restaurant, how can Ruth say no? But Ruth knows that gleam in Zofia's eye, and it means trouble is on the way for all of them. An unforgettable, heartwarming story of embracing life, You Gotta Have Balls is a funny, moving triumph from the highly inventive Lily Brett.

  

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Review: You Gotta Have Balls: A Novel

User Review  - LJ Grandi - Goodreads

I'm not often really disappointed with a book, but I was with this one. I was looking forward to a great read but the dialogue did my head in. Yes it's probably meant to be written in an ethnic, NY ... Read full review

Review: You Gotta Have Balls: A Novel

User Review  - Diana Taylor - Goodreads

I picked this up because of the title, and found myself quickly immersed in Ruthies' world! I enjoyed the trials and tribulations of Ruthie in the dealings with her father and his friends Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
30
Section 3
44
Section 4
78
Section 5
100
Section 6
119
Section 7
128
Section 8
146
Section 9
155
Section 10
168
Section 11
180
Section 12
187
Section 13
198
Section 14
242
Section 15
271
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About the author (2006)

Originally from Australia, Lily Brett is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of four previous novels, three collections of essays, and seven collections of poetry. She is married to the Australian painter David Rankin. They have three children and live in New York City.

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