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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 most boring book I have read

Nothing happens. There is no suspense. The blurb looked interesting, but it was the most boring book I have read. I give it half a star.

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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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Too much talk about the dog

I was really hoping to have insight into these valuable women but my god it was all about the old dog.
I got 3.5 hours in but couldn't take it anymore, not sure if it took a turn after that maybe I've missed the best part.
fingers crossed.

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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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  • Kim
  • 28-01-2021

Sad reflection on aging

Quite disappointed with this book. Was hoping for an empowered view of the older woman, but instead got a sad, generational stereotype.

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not much of a story line

but it was kind of charming nevertheless. it just didn't go anywhere which was disappointing.

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Disappointing

Unfortunately such a boring story. There was a bizarre amount of time and detail devoted to the behaviour of an ageing dog, and old ladies cleaning a house. The characters were bitter and petty. The writing was really laboured and overcooked - not at all what I'd expect from Charlotte Wood.

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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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  • 16-12-2019

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.

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