You Gotta Have Balls

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Pan Macmillan Australia, Nov 10, 2007 - Fiction - 305 pages
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"Men have more straightforward relationships. They don't hang up phones in a huff with each other. They don't feud and not speak for months over insignificant issues. Men don't weep at something another man says. Or hate them for years because of it... "

Ruth Rothwax runs a successful letter-writing business and has just branched out into a new greeting card line. She likes women, but she doesn't like the way they can be so competitive with each other. She's thinking of starting a group for smart women to encourage and care about each other, so they'll collectively gain more power for themselves and others. And Ruth's always believed she practises what she preaches.

But Ruth's about to meet the woman who will turn her assumptions of sisterly solidarity on their head-a buxom sixty-something with one eye for business and another for Ruth's father...

You Gotta Have Balls is Lily Brett's funniest novel to date, and demonstrates in laugh-out-loud prose a writer whose brilliance for tragedy is rivalled only by her genius for comedy.

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User Review  - siri51 - LibraryThing

While I knew this should be funny, I didn't start laughing until more than half way through. Ruthie is a neurotic women not particularly likeable as a main character. This would make a good movie - with more laughs than the book. Read full review

YOU GOTTA HAVE BALLS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The further adventures of a tightly wound Manhattan businesswoman and her infuriatingly easygoing father.Brett apparently has a strong following in her native Australia, but it may not be so for much ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Lily Brett was born in Germany and came to Melbourne with her parents in 1948. Her first book, The Auschwitz Poems, won the 1987 Victorian Premier's Award for poetry, and both her fiction and poetry have won other major prizes, including the 1995 NSW Premier's Award for Fiction for Just Like That. Her books of essays, In Full View, New York, and Between Mexico and Poland, were critical successes, and her more recent novel, Too Many Men, was a bestseller both in Australia and in Germany. She is married to the Australian painter David Rankin, and lives in New York.

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