The Long Weekend is a charming tale of a 20 year reunion between university pals. Ten years on from their last get together we follow the ups and downs of friendships and relationships across the decades. Gone are the 20 something students who could stay up all night drinking table wine from plastic bottles, but the 40 year olds aren’t all quite ready to let go of their youth.
While some have settled into marriage and the consequential issues of monogamy and long-term relationships, others are still looking for fulfillment. Add in a wild child now suffering the effects of depression and the whole group feels the ramifications.
Whether the 3 lesbian couples can survive the weekend forms one of the core questions, as Ms Lydon explores how we deal with infidelity, lies of omission and co-dependency. Even the lone singleton is not immune to the affects of adultery.
The characters are strong, well rounded people we will all recognize, as are the dramas that impact them, from minor squabbles blown out of proportion to the trauma of redundancy and despair. The tale is one of growing pains.. or perhaps that should be lesbi-drama “growing up” pains.
Interesting observations, well drawn, engaging characters and realistic , well-done dialogue made this an enjoyable read. A piquancy of humor and gentle romance lightened the tone and left the sense of a sit-com movie in the making.
(publisher review copy received)