Reviewed by Anne Day
This fine book is one of the best I have read this year.
Me being a woman in her mid-seventies. None of the issues at stake are relevant to those of fifty years or under. But WOWEE… the rest of you will find yourselves on some journey as the tale of these three women comes together, compelling us to make comparisons with our own lives and theirs.
Like going through our own lives for a second time – with a brand-new slant on it - Utterly spellbinding!
‘The Weekend is so great I am struggling to find the words to do it justice… Wood is an agonisingly gifted writer: I am now going to read all her other books!’
‘It was refreshing to encounter a novel that so profoundly sympathises with women on the forbidding cusp of being classified as “elderly”. Wood ably conveys that older women didn’t used to be old, and that the experience of ageing is universally bewildering’
Lionel Shriver (Observer, Books of the year)
‘Authentic, funny, brutally well-observed… As with the novels of Elizabeth Strout or Anne Tyler, these are characters not written to please, but to feel true’
The Sunday Times
‘Glorious… Charlotte Wood joins the ranks of writers such as Nora Ephron, Penelope Lively and Elizabeth Strout’