"Sharp, funny, beautiful."
- Helen Garner
"Faultless cultural vivisection ... The Weekend exposes the pitiful flimsiness of our cliches with the simple (yet radical) act of fore-fronting well-written septuagenarian women."
- Beejay Silcox, The Weekend Australian Review
"The most lovingly precise and insightful and funny and sad examination of female friendship ... She has absolutely nailed it. It’s a great, great book.”
- Annabel Crabb, Chat 10 Looks 3 & Future Women
- Annabel Crabb & Leigh Sales on 'The Weekend'
'Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. This is Wood’s greatest novel yet, and that’s saying something considering its predecessors.'
- Stephen Romei, Literary Editor, The Weekend Australian
'This is a mightily accomplished work. Wood has created an intricate evocation of these anxious lives. Her central preoccupation are the questions: What have I lived for? What have I done with my one precious life?'
- Helen Elliott, The Monthly
'This is an illuminating novel of friendship, joy and hope, tempered by fear and sadness. Wood describes the ordinary with such clarity, it is at once both tender and devastating. Her skilful observations of the minutiae that make us human ultimately show us who we really are.'
- Karen Viggers, The Canberra Times
"[Wood is] armed with a new kind of writerly fearlessness: about style, about the nature of crisis, and about frank and memorable depictions of human behaviour and thought ... This richly textured novel is about so many things that it’s hard to do justice to all of them. Ideas about friendship, ageing and grief keep sliding kaleidoscopically in and out of focus. But there’s something even deeper going on, something about existence itself, that circles around the ancient dog Finn. ... Wood’s technique in this novel is masterly."
- Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Sydney Morning Herald
'Charlotte Wood’s new novel, The Weekend, is her best work yet. It is also one of the best novels of the year ... Wood is a writer who is majestically in control.'
- Maria Takolander, The Saturday Paper
'The Weekend is more Big Chill than Handmaid’s Tale, with a dash of Big Little Lies and an echo of Atwood’s The Robber Bride. Wood uses the classic theatrical set-up of a house party to concentrate tension in a tight space ... [it] is perhaps a more serious comedy than Wood originally intended because she can’t help seeing vulnerability and injustice. ...There’s a feast of ideas for friends and book clubs to discuss. The Weekend is a novel about decluttering and real estate, about the geometry of friendship, about sexual politics, and about how we change, survive and ultimately die. Wood has captured the zeitgeist again, with a mature ease that entertains even as it nudges our prejudices.'
- Susan Wyndham, The Guardian Australia
'Wood’s writing continues to grow in assurance with each new work: never fussy, but grounded, and intensely physical ... For Jude, Wendy and Adele, the sense of possibility, of opening up, of not being done yet, does not disappear with age – and why would it? Notwithstanding the indignities inflicted upon them, and assumptions made about them, solely because of their age, Wood has introduced us to three striving, difficult, vulnerable and engaging women, who are all very much alive.'
- Sophia Barnes, The Sydney Review of Books
THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS
NPR 'FRESH AIR': Review by John Powers
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / THE AGE: Kerryn Goldsworthy's review.
SYDNEY REVIEW OF BOOKS: Rosemary Sorensen's review of The Natural Way of Things.
THE SATURDAY PAPER: The Natural Way of Things reviewed here.
THE AUSTRALIAN: A review by Portia Lindsay
DEVOTED ECLECTIC: Writer Elizabeth Lhuede reviews The Natural Way of Things on her blog.
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN: Literary editor Stephen Romei on The Natural Way of Things.