The Weekend Discussion

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. Can they survive together without her?

There was lots to talk about including the four friends, a dying dog, white sofa, ageing, secrets, affairs, relationships, friendships, home, children, holidays, beach houses and packing up a home.

Ratings out of 5 ranged from 2.5 through to 4.

Comments included “I enjoyed the book, I became impatient with Jude and Adele, the dynamics of the relationship were very good, some of their back story was open ended. I wanted to know more about Wendy’s relationship with her children, it was a little slow, the wheels fell off at the end, the pace was slow, it was all about the things that go along with ageing, wondered why were they friends in the first place, all so different, they were connected through their inner lives, they were all coming to terms with their age, brought up the older women homeless issue, they all have less than when the book started, it was a bit contrived, there were some cutting phrases like the drink with the “blot clot”, well written, easy to read, there was the metaphor of the dying dog and the women ageing, it covered some social issues, it was about the nature of friendship, total Hollywood ending”

Here is the link to The Guardian article about themes in the book.

ABC Radio Interview Charlotte Wood on getting older.

More reviews on Charlotte’s website.

Our next discussion will be held on Wednesday 11 March at Orange City Library at 5.30pm to talk about American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. It is much appreciated if you can let us know you are coming along. Please RSVP online via Eventbrite or call 6393 8132. Thank you and see you then!

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