In this intimate, sexy novel, two lesbian couples living next door to each other one summer in cottage country find each of their relationships at a crossroads. One woman celebrates her fiftieth birthday, which causes her to reconsider what she wants out of life and her partner; the other couple are the parents of a new baby, which cannot conceal the turmoil of their relationship. Weekend is a plaintive, moving exploration of the true nature of love?about trust, negotiation, and what's worth keeping in the end.
Jane Eaton Hamilton is the author of eight previous books.
Hamilton's ninth book (after Hunger) is a "bottle" narrative a glimpse into two queer relationships and how they intersect over a single weekend. Logan and Elliot are architects and former lovers who own an island on which they've each built a cottage. Elliot and her wife, Joe, are at their cottage a week after Joe has given birth to their first child; meanwhile, Logan brings a new lover, Ajax, to the island to celebrate her 50th birthday and to propose. But Ajax has reservations of her own regarding both her health she has a heart condition and aspects of race, class, age, and queerness on which she and Logan diverge. The novel switches between Ajax and Joe's points of view as, over the weekend, many secrets are revealed and realities faced, such as whether Joe can trust Elliot, and whether Logan has what it takes to care for Ajax's failing health. Hamilton's writing is propulsive. The story moves at an effortless pace as it explores a multitude of sexualities and identities, as well as the difficulties and even explosive outcomes of navigating them while remaining faithful to and honest with one's partner or partners. Some of the emotional turns feel jarring or extreme, but Hamilton never loses touch with her characters and is always able to bring the narrative back to what matters most.