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The Weekend

Narrated by: Taylor Owynns
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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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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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A great read!

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