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The Weekend

Narrated by: Taylor Owynns
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
3.5 out of 5 stars (180 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the Winner of the 2016 Stella Prize for The Natural Way of Things.   

Four older women have 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.

©2019 Charlotte Wood (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

“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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A great read!

Loved this story from beginning to end. Will make you re-think friends and friendships, aging and dying, life and living.

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The Weekend

A great story with strong female characters. So good to listen to a story about older female relationships with all their flaws.

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The weekend

Very disappointing read. I wish I hadn’t read it at all really. Dull dull dull. Won’t be reading anything of Charlotte woods again. Give me a murder anytime.

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Waiting for something to happen

I kept waiting for things to happen. I was not a fan of this book.
Most in Bookclub enjoyed it.

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Tedious

Shoot me now. I almost died of boredom trying to get through the first hour. Perhaps because I grew up on Sydney’s Nth Shore I live in fear of becoming one of these women. For that reason I couldn’t or wouldn’t engage with the narrative. The story was pedestrian and suffocatingly inane - like their lives. Was Charlotte Wood taking a pot shot at aging Nth Shore housewives? Narrow minded and Boring self obsessed women? If so, she nailed it!

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Slow and over rated

So slow in developing the storyline and didn’t pick up until Ch 3 or 5. Nearly gave up but still didn’t reach the potential. Maybe it’s because I’m under 50 this book didn’t resonate with me. 1 dimensional characters and hard to follow.






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Not bad

Thought the story was a bit jumpy and kept "losing" what was happening. Failed to hold my interest so took a while to finish. The last part of the book was probably better and way more interesting than the beginning.

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Wake me up when it’s finished.

Most boring book I have ever listened to. Can’t believe this author won the Stella Prize.

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The weekend - review

Loved this book, what a wonderful story hope there is a sequel, thank you! Charlotte

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Could not quite believe

I found it very slow and could not believe these three women were life long friends. I love that there is a book about women's friendships, so I wanted to love it, but was sadly disappointed.

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Potential not reached

I really welcomed the appearance of 4 different seeming characters in their final years. But then. So little. Perhaps because each person represented only a “one trick pony” the plot fell down a deeply repetitive hole.
If the old dog walked up and down once more I felt I would be moved to euthanize it myself and perhaps, well, all of them! And perhaps worst of all, the already irritating, paper thin characters didn’t hold to their given form so the final sections felt really unconvincing and melodramatic.
And the actor doing the reading. Clear diction but so much so much same, that it was often unclear when a different character was speaking/thinking/doing.