Review: The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

Title: The Weekend

Author: Charlotte Wood

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Orion 

The Blurb

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. 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. 

The Review

The Weekend is the story of three friends – Adele, Wendy and Jude – as they spend the Christmas weekend clearing out the home of their friend Sylvie who has died. With decades of friendship behind them we learn that relationships between those you hold closest are often the ones with the darkest secrets.

Golden Girls, The Weekend ain’t. The group of friends are trying their hardest to hold it together but with age comes a lot of things, mainly invisibility and negativity from others. Without Sylvie, the dynamic of the friends has changed and the balance leads to revelations about the past that may have stayed better buried.

Charlotte Wood’s The Weekend is a great story of the lasting power of friendship and how people should be allowed to grow old in any way and whatever fashion that way they want.

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood is available now.

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