The Weekend

Charlotte Wood (Author)
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#1 International Bestseller
Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2020 * Longlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award

"The Big Chill with a dash of Big Little Lies... Knife-sharp and deeply alive."--Guardian

"An insightful, poignant, and fiercely honest novel about female friendship and female aging."--Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend

'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, author of The Girl on the Train


Three women in their seventies reunite for one last, life-changing weekend
in the beach house of their late friend.

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.

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 at Sylvie's old beach house--not for festivities this time, but to clean it out before it is sold. Can they survive together without her?

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 from an award-winning writer.

Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Riverhead Books
Publish Date
August 04, 2020
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.4 X 1.0 X 8.4 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780593086438
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About the Author

Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction. Her 2016 novel The Natural Way of Things won the Stella Prize, the Indie Book of the Year, and the Novel of the Year in her native Australia, and was joint winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. Her 2020 novel, The Weekend, is an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. In 2019 Wood was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to literature.

Reviews

"The Weekend positively hums with life even as these three women are approaching the end of theirs. 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."-Claire Fuller, author of Our Endless Numbered Days

"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, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

"An insightful, poignant, and fiercely honest novel about female friendship and female aging."--Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend

"The Weekend is more Big Chill. . . with a dash of Big Little Lies. . . A novel about decluttering and real estate, about the geometry of friendship, about sexual politics, and about how we change." -The Guardian

"The Weekend is an unflinchingly observed celebration of the profundity and mundanity of friendship, treated with elegance, wit, and tenderness."--Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies

"Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow" -The Australian

"Wood's technique in this novel is masterly." -The Sydney Morning Herald

"One of the best novels of the year." -The Saturday Paper (Australia)