The Way Things Should Be

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Bonnier Zaffre, 2018 - Brothers and sisters - 288 pages
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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.

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About the author (2018)

Bridie Jabour is a writer who has worked as a journalist for News Corp, Fairfax and Guardian Australia.

Bridie has written commentary on inequality, feminism and pop culture. She appears regularly on the ABC, Sky News, Triple J and ABC radio Sydney and is co-host of the podcast Behind the Lines.

Bridie is assistant news editor at Guardian Australia where she has reported on social affairs, politics and regional issues. She has worked in the Canberra press gallery and was a reporter for Brisbane Times after starting her career at the Gold Coast Bulletin in Queensland. She has been nominated for New South Wales and Queensland media awards for her coverage of the Lindt Cafe Siege and Queensland state politics.

She has hosted live shows for the Guardian and appeared on panels at various writers' festivals as a moderator and contributor. She has 20,000 + fans on social media across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Way Things Should Be is her first novel.

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