The Weekend [NOOK Book]

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On a midsummer weekend, in a country house in upstate New York, three friends, Lyle, Marian, and John, gather on the anniversary of the death of John's brother, who was also Lyle's lover. As Tony's absence haunts each of them in different ways, the reunion is complicated by the presence of Lyle's new lover, a much younger man named Robert, and a faux-Italian dinner guest with a penchant for truth telling. As the seemingly idyllic weekend proceeds, each character is stripped bare, and old memories and new desires ...

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The Weekend

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Overview

On a midsummer weekend, in a country house in upstate New York, three friends, Lyle, Marian, and John, gather on the anniversary of the death of John's brother, who was also Lyle's lover. As Tony's absence haunts each of them in different ways, the reunion is complicated by the presence of Lyle's new lover, a much younger man named Robert, and a faux-Italian dinner guest with a penchant for truth telling. As the seemingly idyllic weekend proceeds, each character is stripped bare, and old memories and new desires create a chemistry that will transform them all.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Three friends gather in the woods of upstate New York on the anniversary of a friend's death, only to be joined by two outsiders in Cameron's latest novel about relationships and love. Apr.
Library Journal
Poor Robert. A young painter, he's invited to the country by his new love, Lyle, a middle-aged art critic and a bit of a prig. They are off to stay with the useless John and the unappealing Marian, a rich married couple and Lyle's best friends. Their house is also where Lyle's lover Tony died, exactly one year ago, as we creepily learn. And not only was Tony Lyle's lover, he was also John's half-brother. Get off the train!, you want to yell to Robert. But by the time all the pieces are in place it's too late, and the beautifully controlled horror of the novel has begun. Tensions develop rapidly on all fronts: between the generations, between the new lovers, between the past and the present, between those with hope and those without. And just when you think that the story of this weekend is all memory and conversation, things start to happen. This brief novel confirms what readers of Far-Flung Stories (LJ 9/15/91) and Leap Year (LJ 3/1/90) have long suspected: Cameron is one of our very best writers. For all fiction collections.—Brian Kenney, Brooklyn P.L.
Ray Olson
Cameron's second novel is so easy to visualize, so full of articulate dialogue that reading it resembles watching a movie. It's a variation upon a time-honored movie setup (cf. "Rules of the Game", "Intimate Lighting", "The Big Chill", etc.): the old friends' get-together into which a few outsiders intrude. The former here are a fortyish couple with a new baby and a gay man whose lover (the husband's brother) died a year ago from AIDS. The latter are the gay man's much younger prospective lover and the couple's summer neighbor, an American woman who usually lives in Italy. Only the young man is not well heeled, and all are cultivated and intelligent, so that when fallout from the past abrades the present, frayed feelings are civilly, no matter how dramatically, expressed. A gay writer, Cameron sore-thumbishly injects the current hot gay issue--marriage--into the book by having the characters banter about their various experiences of family life, but otherwise his friends'-reunion story is so well done that fans of the form simply must see--er--"read" it.
Michael Dorris
A fascinating literary page-turner...The Weekend is a short book, but each line, each word matters....Like the late British novelist Barbara Pym, Peter Cameron has the rare ability to take an ordinary event and invest it with heart and significance....We close the novel not only knowing each complicated, "prickly" character better, but also more aware and appreciative of the intricate sculpture which underlies all human social arrangements.
Los Angeles Times
Francine Prose
A novel so moving that, on finishing it, we are convinced that something of importance has taken place. We feel deeply moved, and bereft.
The Yale Review
Joseph Olshan
A beautifully wrought novel...perilously poised characters.
Chicago Tribune
Heller McAlpin
An intensely observed study of how loss and grief affect several old friends and one new one...Part of a growing body of mainstream gay fiction...not about coming out or clashes with a heterosexual world, but rather about a milieu where gays stuggle alongside their straight friends with the same perplexing relationship woes.
Newsday
Joyce Reiser Kornblatt
Complexity, precision, lyricism, and passion...The Weekend echoes Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose brilliant narrative critiques of material culture open, again and again, to the metaphysical to that dimension where the known world cedes to mystery....Peter Cameron's tender elegy is as much a love song as a lament, as much a prayer as a dirge.
The New York Times Book Review
Margaria Fichtner
A tale of love, mourning, emotional risk-taking and off-center lives, which hovers in your mind for a long, long time.
Miami Herald
From the Publisher
"Full of observations that ring like porch chimes and flicker like fireflies, evanescent yet indelible."—The New Yorker

"A tale of love, mourning, emotional risk-taking and off-center lives . . . It hovers in a corner of your memory for a long, long time."—Margaria Fichtner, The Miami Herald

"A fascinating literary page-turner . . . We close the novel not only knowing each complicated 'prickly' character better, but also more aware and appreciative of the intricate sculpture that underlies all human social arrangements."—Michael Dorris, Los Angeles Times

"Echoes Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose brilliant narrative critiques of material culture open, again and again, to the metaphysical."—Joyce Reiser Kornblatt, The New York Times Book Review

"A novel so moving that, on finishing it, we are convinced that something of importance has taken place. We feel deeply moved, and bereft."—Francine Prose, The Yale Review

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On a midsummer weekend in an upstate New York country house, three friends gather on the anniversary of the death of a man related to them all by blood or love, when their idyll is disturbed by two strangers—a faux Italian dinner guest, and a young gay man involved with the dead man's lover.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429927031
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,276,570
  • File size: 156 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Cameron

Peter Cameron is the author of several novels, including Andorra and Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    Great Summer Read

    A wonderfully told tale of love, lust, history and friends.....quickly moving and well worth the read

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