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What God Wants was first published in Australia, where it received the equivalent of the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, the most prestigious honor that nation bestows on a new literary voice. Now, for the first time, Brett's acclaimed novel will be published in North America. In this collection of interrelated stories, Brett writes with humor, passion, and compassion abou ...more
Published September 19th 1994 by Random House Value Publishing
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Dianne Oliver
Jan 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Not nearly as good as Too Many Men. While a good author with a lot to say, I found this book to be too crude, with too little to say to justify it.
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I adore Lily Brett's writing. The first novel of hers I read was You Gotta Have Balls, which I loved. What God Wants was written around 10 years before "Balls" (I've read most of her novels out of order) but has that same great sense of humour that may well be a particular mix of Australian-ness & Jewishness.
Brett's dialogue is fantastic. The conversations between characters are both completely mad and totally believable. The characters obsess over family - husbands, wives, children and parents
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I expected more for a book about the Australian children of Holocaust survivors. I liked most of the characters, their lives were interesting. But it didn't need the constant use of the F-word and the Jackie Collins-style sex scenes. The book redeemed itself with the last two stories, but still... ...more
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