Book Talk: The Weekend: A Novel by Charlotte Wood
“ 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
About the Book
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.
Reviews and What Readers Say
“ An insightful, poignant, and fiercely honest novel about female friendship and female aging."
—Sigrid Nunez, National Book Award-winning author of The Friend
“ The Big Chill with a dash of Big Little Lies... Knife-sharp and deeply alive."
“ The Weekend captivated me from the excellent opening chapter... The three main characters - Jude, Adele and Wendy - are superbly drawn... his 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."
“ Three 70-something women spend Christmas together and find new tensions in their long friendship. With the lightest of touches, this big-hearted, insightful read tackles friendship, ambition, ageing and death." —Good Housekeeping
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Charlotte Wood is the author of six novels and two books of nonfiction. Her novel The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year, and 2016 Novel of the Year in her native Australia, and was joint winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. In 2019 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant services to literature.