The Weekend (Hardback)Charlotte Wood (author)
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Colourful and evocative, The Weekend explores attachment, ambition and the ability to forgive through three women who come together after the death a close friend. With a delicate but assured touch, Wood takes the reader to the very heart of the profound yet often mundane dimensions of friendship. Filled with unforgettable characters, The Weekend is at once funny, tender and heart-breaking.
Sylvie, Jude, Wendy and Adele 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.
These women couldn't be more different: Jude, a once-famous restaurateur with a spotless life and a long-standing affair with a married man; Wendy, an acclaimed feminist intellectual; Adele, a former star of the stage, now practically homeless.
Struggling to recall exactly why they've remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for one last weekend at Sylvie's old beach house - not for a celebration of her life, but to clean the place out before it is sold.
But fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface - a storm that will either remind them of the bond they share, or sweep away their friendship for good.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 489 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 34 mm
'The Weekend is Big Chill, with a dash of Big Little Lies and an echo of Atwood's The Robber Bride ...' - The Guardian
‘Wood is to be praised for taking female friendship seriously and for being caustically honest – there’s not a sentimental line in this beautifully insightful book.’ - The Observer
'This wise, funny novel will help you understand yourself - and it may scare the s*** out of anyone brave enough to confront the truths within its masterful pages.' - Independent
'A lovely, lively, intelligent, funny book... So good on ageing and on the fraught, warm friendships between women.' - Tessa Hadley
'Friendship, ambition, love, sexual politics and death: it's all here in one sharp, funny, heartbreaking and gorgeously-written package. I loved it.' - Paula Hawkins
'I found reading The Weekend both hypnotic and profoundly unsettling. The prose is sharply vivid and precise, the characters and location exceptionally real.' - Rosamund Lupton
'The Weekend is an unflinchingly observed celebration of the profundity and mundanity of friendship, treated with elegance, wit, and tenderness.' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
'The book is exquisitely wrenching and poignant when dealing with female friendship and old age, yet it still manages to be funny and very real. I loved it.' - Claire Fuller
'Rich with character and nuance, The Weekend reminds us all that life doesn't stop - whatever our age. A masterpiece of women's fiction like nothing I've ever read.' - Christina Dalcher
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