The Weekend The Weekend

The Weekend

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Publisher Description

Shortlisted for the 2020 Stella Prize


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 . . . Despite the three women knowing each other better than their own siblings, Sylvie's death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.


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.


'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

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2019
15 October
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Allen & Unwin
SELLER
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited
SIZE
1.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Tazzydiva ,

Exposing

3 old women clean out the house of their friend who has just died. Throughout the weekend Adele, Jude and Wendy each grapple with their lives, their age, their choices and their past.
I found this hard to read, my own aches and pains at 53, a precursor to what cones next. This novel reminded me of my own aging body and my mortality. It is haunting though, beautifully written and evokes such a strong sense of time and place and what it is to grow old and have regrets.

«•3•» ,

Enthralling

A wonderful gripping tale of human interaction and personality

Anna Zabolotnaya ,

Deep, sorrowful, theatrical

It was hard to finish this book, reading about death and aging and friendship and truth is always hard. I am astounded by this novel. The setting felt so theatrical, and all the women felt so real, multidimensional and human. Highly recommend, but please know, it’s not an “entertaining” read.

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