THE SUNDAY TIMES ‘BEST BOOKS FOR SUMMER 2021
A rare pleasure… I was shocked by how unusual it felt to spend 275 pages exclusively in the company of older women’Sunday Times
‘Glorious… Charlotte Wood joins the ranks of writers such as Nora Ephron, Penelope Lively and Elizabeth Strout’Guardian
‘A perfect, funny, insightful, novel about women, friendship, and ageing’Nina Stibbe
One sharp, funny, heartbreaking and gorgeously-written package. I loved it’ Paula Hawkins’
Sylvie, Jude, Wendy and Adele 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. These women couldn’t be more different: Jude, a once-famous restaurateur with a spotless life and a long-standing affair with a married man; Wendy, an acclaimed feminist intellectual; Adele, a former star of the stage, now practically homeless. Struggling to recall exactly why they’ve remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for one last weekend at Sylvie’s old beach house. But fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that threatens to sweep away their friendship for good.
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