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The Weekend

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
#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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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. I loved it." - Claire Fuller

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

"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

"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


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August 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Weekend: A Novel
Author(s): Charlotte Wood
ISBN: 0-593-08643-0 / 978-0-593-08643-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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June 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Weekend: The international bestseller, shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2020
Author(s): Charlotte Wood
ISBN: 1-4746-1297-0 / 978-1-4746-1297-5 (UK edition)
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February 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Weekend: The international bestseller, shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2020
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ISBN: 1-4746-1299-7 / 978-1-4746-1299-9 (UK edition)
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August 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Weekend: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-593-28601-4 / 978-0-593-28601-2 (USA edition)
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August 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Weekend
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ISBN: 0-593-19198-6 / 978-0-593-19198-9 (USA edition)
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June 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Weekend: The international bestseller, shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2020
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October 2019 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Weekend
Author(s): Charlotte Wood
ISBN: 1-76029-201-X / 978-1-76029-201-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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Title: The Weekend: A Novel
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August 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Weekend: A Novel
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June 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Weekend
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June 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Weekend
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October 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Weekend
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October 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Weekend
Author(s): Charlotte Wood
Publisher: Wavesound Audiobooks
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October 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Weekend
Author(s): Charlotte Wood
Publisher: Wavesound Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

August 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Weekend: A Novel
Author(s): Charlotte Wood
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


June 2020 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Weekend: The international bestseller, shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2020
Author(s): Charlotte Wood
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   


October 2019 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Weekend
Author(s): Charlotte Wood
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Availability: Amazon AU