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The Weekend 5

by Charlotte Wood

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/10/2019

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The brilliant new novel from Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Natural Way of Things.

People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn't true. The graveyard, the stony dirt - that's what it was like now. They knew each other better than their own siblings, but Sylvie's death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.

Four older women with a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Can they survive together without her?

They are Jude, a once-famous restaurateur, Wendy, an acclaimed public intellectual, and Adele, a renowned actress now mostly out of work. Struggling to recall exactly why they've remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for Christmas at Sylvie's old beach house - not for festivities, but to clean the place out before it is sold.

Without Sylvie to maintain the group's delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface - and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good.

The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we're forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book, a celebration of tenderness and friendship that is nothing short of a masterpiece.
ISBN:
9781760292010
9781760292010
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-10-2019
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
272
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Weight:
0.36kg

"A compelling and vivid look at the friendships we make as women. Honest, unsettling and, like all good literature, had me asking questions about life and myself."
Heather Rose, author of The Museum of Modern Love, winner of the 2017 Stella Prize

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  • Female Friendships

    by on

    An easy , light read about four women and the intermingled lives over several decades.

  • Great storytelling

    by on

    Excellent book about women in old age facing vulnerability and obsolescence as well as exploring the ebbs and flows of long term friendship.

  • The weekend

    by on

    Couldn’t put this one down. A quirky tale of three old friends and the way their relationships alter with the death of the fourth friend. Told from each perspective over the course of a weekend.
    Highly recommended

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