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The Weekend

ISBN: 9781474612982
€18.90
A Dubray Staff Recommended Read... Three women in their 70s - bruised by life, discarded by society, bursting with anger - reunite for one last, life-changing weekend.
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Three women in their 70’s with a long-standing friendship come together over Christmas at the old beach house belonging to Sylvie, the fourth of their group, who has died. Old conflicts & secrets are unearthed, along with the lifetime of clutter they discover while clearing out Sylvie’s house. Without Sylvie there, the friendship appears strained and fragile and the women begin to question why they were ever friends. A novel about female friendship that has been coloured by grief. It is insightful, funny & very real.

Bobbie Ryan, Dubray Stillorgan


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SHORTLISTED FOR THE STELLA PRIZE 2020

'Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow' The Australian
'The Big Chill with a dash of Big Little Lies' Guardian
'I plan to read this insightful, poignant and fiercely honest novel about female friendship and female ageing a second time, then seek out every other book its marvellous author has written' Sigrid Nunez, author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award-winner novel The Friend

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 - not for a celebration of her life, but to clean the place out before it is sold.

But 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 - a storm that will either remind them of the bond they share, or sweep away their friendship for good.

PRAISE FOR CHARLOTTE WOOD

'An unflinching eye and audacious imagination' Guardian
'Savage: think Atwood in the outback' Paula Hawkins, on The Natural Way of Things
'Wood's writing is direct and spare, yet capable of bursting with unexpected beauty' Economist
'An unforgettable reading experience' Liane Moriarty, on The Natural Way of Things
'Charlotte Wood's writing crackles with vivid precision' NPR

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Three women in their 70’s with a long-standing friendship come together over Christmas at the old beach house belonging to Sylvie, the fourth of their group, who has died. Old conflicts & secrets are unearthed, along with the lifetime of clutter they discover while clearing out Sylvie’s house. Without Sylvie there, the friendship appears strained and fragile and the women begin to question why they were ever friends. A novel about female friendship that has been coloured by grief. It is insightful, funny & very real.

Bobbie Ryan, Dubray Stillorgan


A #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

SHORTLISTED FOR THE STELLA PRIZE 2020

'Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow' The Australian
'The Big Chill with a dash of Big Little Lies' Guardian
'I plan to read this insightful, poignant and fiercely honest novel about female friendship and female ageing a second time, then seek out every other book its marvellous author has written' Sigrid Nunez, author of the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award-winner novel The Friend

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 - not for a celebration of her life, but to clean the place out before it is sold.

But 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 - a storm that will either remind them of the bond they share, or sweep away their friendship for good.

PRAISE FOR CHARLOTTE WOOD

'An unflinching eye and audacious imagination' Guardian
'Savage: think Atwood in the outback' Paula Hawkins, on The Natural Way of Things
'Wood's writing is direct and spare, yet capable of bursting with unexpected beauty' Economist
'An unforgettable reading experience' Liane Moriarty, on The Natural Way of Things
'Charlotte Wood's writing crackles with vivid precision' NPR

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