The Last Weekend of the Summer

The Last Weekend of the Summer

by Peter Murphy

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The Last Weekend of the Summer by Peter Murphy

A deeply moving novel of family, secrets, and legacies.

They have been coming to their grandmother Gloria's lake cottage since they were babies. Now Johnnie and Buddy have families of their own and C.C. has a life full of adult drama and adventure. And this trip – the only stated purpose of which is to bring the family together for the last weekend of the summer – seems full of portent. Gloria has been hinting that there's more on the agenda than grilling and swimming, and when the three siblings learn that their estranged father will also be in attendance, it becomes clear that this weekend will have implications that last far beyond the final days of the season.

A touching, incisive view into the dynamics of a family on the verge of change and filled with characters both distinctive and utterly relatable, THE LAST WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER is a rich, lyrical reading experience that will resonate in your heart.


"The best books are not forgotten because you can never stop thinking beyond the story. This is true of Lagan Love. Murphy is a natural storyteller. I look forward to reading more."
– on Lagan Love

"Peter Murphy spins an exciting story of romance and the problems with it, making Lagan Love a unique novel with plenty of twists and turns underneath it all."
– Midwest Book Review on Lagan Love

"Murphy has created a lasting story with great potential in future installments." – Savvy Verse and Wit on Born & Bred

"Engrossing and significant.... A moral book and a worthy read!"
– Brendan Landers on Wandering in Exile

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162129523
Publisher: Fiction Studio Books
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 895,559
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Peter Murphy was born in Killarney where he spent his first three years before his family had to move to Dublin. Growing up in the verdant braes of Templeogue, Peter was schooled by the De La Salle brothers in Churchtown where he played rugby for “The Wine and Gold.” He also played football (soccer) in secret! After that, he graduated and studied the Humanities in Grogan’s under the guidance of Scot’s corner and the bar staff, Paddy, Tommy and Sean. Murphy financed his education by working summers on the buildings sites of London. He also tramped the roads of Europe playing music and living without a care in the world.

But his move to Canada changed all of that. He only came over for a while and ended up living there for more than thirty years. He took a day job and played music in the bars at night until the demands of family life intervened. Having raised his children and packed them off to university, Murphy answered the long-ignored internal voice and began to write. He has published five novels so far and has begun work on a new one. Nowadays, he lives in beautiful Lisbon with his wife Eduarda and their well-read dog, Baxter.

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The Last Weekend of the Summer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BooksDirect 1 days ago
On this last weekend of summer, matriarch Gloria brings her whole family together, even a surprise guest. She says, “Perhaps it is a little selfish of me, but I wanted you all here with me this weekend. I wanted my entire family to be together once more, while there is still time.” Of course, they all think she must be dying, but the truth is even harder to take. It will be a difficult weekend because “when they were all together - it was like they stopped being who they really were and all became characters in some drawn-out soap opera.” Long-held resentments will surface, relationships will be tested, and old family secrets will be revealed. The story is told in the third person point-of-view of every family member, bar the two youngest boys. It’s hard to keep up with whose head you’re in, and even the author must have had trouble keeping up because sometimes two points-of-view are included in the same section. The dialogue is often lacking in contractions, making it stilted and unnatural and pulling the reader out of the story. Nevertheless, the author explores a rich tapestry of relationships in this family where everyone initially appears unlikable but ends up revealing their redeeming features. This is just the kind of family drama I’ve been missing and craving. The story is followed by “Reading Group Questions” and “A Conversation with the Author”. Warnings: coarse language, drug use, sexual references, LGBTQ themes, suicide references. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post (21 September):
jbarr5 24 days ago
The Last Weekend of the Summer by Peter Murphy Story sounded interesting and am really getting into reading it. Last weekend of the summer and all the families will assemble at Gloria's house on the lake. Love that there are so many acitivities for the kids, grown men get time to themselves fishing and drinking, women of the tribe get to gather and plan and the ex of one women will be showing up. It's all for Gloria's sake-others think it is about her dying, some think she will be moving in to their houses, others think it's about the grandfather. Lots of drama but deep down feelings also show through. Like that Gloria has to use medical marijuana to get through the pains. Some don't agree with that treatment... Secrets come out about the past and I like how they are dealt with by everybody. There are very strained moments similar to ones our family has dealt with over the years whenever the whole family got together. Some just don't get along with all, so you avoid them. Great story, love the ending, a surprise! Love that this book covers all age groups and their realistic daily problems. About the author and reading group questions and conversation with the author are included at the end. Other works by the author are highlighted also. Received this review copy from The Story Plant via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion. #TheLastWeekendOfTheSummer #NetGalley
SOMDReigel 25 days ago
“…while the past may be full of errors, the present is full of opportunities to make amends.” Gloria, the family matriarch brings the entire family together (with one surprise guest) to the cottage for a last weekend of the summer. In an attempt to try to resolve some old family issues, secrets and grievances come to the surface and each person deals with it in their own way. Full of emotions, various personalities, it includes all age-groups making this a realistic family story. An ode to Summer, well-written read.
lauriesophee 25 days ago
"It is a privilege to share one's life with someone, and it is also a privilege to share death." A wonderful novel about a family whose matriarch is Gloria. Gloria is 82 and only wants her family together for one final weekend in the cottage. Her goal is to encourage her family to move forward and forgive her son who has been estranged from his children,grandchildren and ex-wife. A story of hurt, anger, love and reconciliation among those we know best- Family. Well done!