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The Last Weekend of the Summer

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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
Published August 28th 2018 by Story Plant
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So, you thought your family was a little dysfunctional? The larger it gets, the more diverse personalities come in to play and there is always one driving force who strives to keep the bonds of family alive. What if one member is no longer part of the “family?” Every family has a black sheep or two, and they are just part of the dynamics, until they are seen as an outcast, blood or no.

THE LAST WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER by Peter Murphy is a revealing tale of one family brought together in the hopes o
Lynda Dickson
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: adult
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 beca ...more
Laura Reading
Every relationship has quirks. All relationships change over time. No one ever thinks their family is "normal." All families have secrets. Whenever extended family gathers together, some sort of conflict is expected. Well, THIS family experiences all of the above and more.
This wonderful, emotional read exposes many of the secrets, reveals how things can change from moment to moment, and how we never really understand what another person is thinking or feeling.
It also reminds us to toughen up and
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Ok, even though this book is short, I’m going to recommend this book to EVERYONE! This major disfunctional family gets together for a reason. Most of the characters I could not stand but I was able to understand what the book was trying to convey to me. No one is perfect. Not one family is perfect. There will always be a dynamic in every family. This book is about secrets, families, relationships, marriages, jealousies, compassion, understanding, forgiveness, and redemption. The only thing I did ...more
Julie Barrett
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while an author comes along who writes novels that are so powerfully compelling, poignant, and thought-provoking, that the reader will be able to relate to it on some level. In The Last Weekend Of The Summer, author Peter Murphy weaves a wonderful story about the complicated dynamics of family relationships that will simply pull at your emotional heartstrings.

The Last Weekend Of The Summer is a richly descriptive literary tale that explores the dysfunctional family relationship o
Syllables of Swathi
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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To start with it, this is very short book. But that doesn’t stop the author from conveying what he intended to say. Having read numerous domestic noirs, this book is all about the story of a dysfunctional family, so if you find the characters to be irritating and pounded upon, then you’re probably enjoying it. There is a reason I hooked myself with this book. It is because, I love reading a book that conveys som
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a well written story about a dysfunctional family with many secrets. There is a matriarch who thinks she can cause her family to face issues and grow through the resulting turmoil. There are relationships that need healing and people who need confronting. Insecurities abound. Forgiveness is in short supply. Abrasive personalities can ignite. And it all comes to a head during a long weekend at the matriarch's lakeside home.

There are many issues in this novel that a reading group could dis
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uma amiga minha leu o livro e não parava de falar dele, que melhor que ninguém o ia entender, devorar num ápice... emprestou-mo. Ao lê-lo senti que bem podia ser um documentário, com movimento, imagens reais, pessoas reais, discursos que podia ter sido eu a dizê-los, tudo o que encontramos numa família mas diferente de tudo o que encontramos numa família, que bem podia ser a minha, de facto. As palavras escritas por Peter Murphy neste livro têm vida própria, devo dizer. A complexidade e as emoçõ ...more
The Last Weekend of Summer by Peter Murphy is about a final family get together that last weekend before fall. Gloria, the great grandmother had asked her daughter-in-law and her grandchildren and their families to join her at family lake house for the last weekend of summer. The book starts with all the family driving to the lake in the traffic and then the ensuing days. Clearly this is a family who does drama well. What only part of the family knew was that their estranged father, ex-husband a ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
“…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 Summ
Paula Pugh
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A family explosion all over the place with flying pieces and debris to sort out is the best way to describe this novel. It is well written, conveying all the emotions, petty and non-petty grievances and underlying resentments that the characters experience. It all happens concisely over one weekend after years of building when siblings Johnnie, Buddy, and CC and their mother, Mary, are invited with their families to their grandmother’s home. The arrival of their estranged father, Jake, begins th ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very touching and emotional story! This is one that will touch your heart for sure. It's loaded with angst and quirkiness but combined with that "heartfeltness" that just puts a smile on your face and actually can make you feel good about your own family LOL.

The writing is good and the character development is also good. You also really get a feel for their personalities (good and the bad). Unfortunately though, especially in the beginning, it was very slow for me. I still did enjoy the book.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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!
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy family dramas, with a touch of humor and charm, such as This is Where I Leave You or Home for the Holidays, The Last Weekend of the Summer is the perfect read for you!

When mother Mary and adult siblings Buddy, CC, and Johnnie arrive at their grandmother Gloria's lake house for one last family weekend, full of secrets, simmering resentments, and lots of love.

There are some strained moments, lightened by some witty moments. For all their frustration and disappointment with each other,
Hannah Anderson
The Last Weekend of Summer by Peter Murphy tells the story of Gloria and her family over the course of a weekend at her home on a lake. In an attempt to reconcile not only the relationship she has with her son, but also the relationship her son has with his children, Gloria invites them all to her cottage without telling them that their father, whom has not been a part of their lives, will be coming up for the weekend as well. Almost everyone is under the impression that they have been gathered ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whenever I read a book by Peter Murphy, I feel transported right into the era or timeframe of the story. This novel is about a dysfunctional family, pretty much like anyone's family, we all have dysfunction at a certain level.

Gloria, the matriarch of the family, gathers her family, children and grandchildren, to the lake cottage that has been in the family for years. Johnnie, Buddy, and CC all bring along with them the family drama that they are dealing with, or not dealing with. They learn when
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Last Weekend of the Summer by Peter Murphy is a beautifully woven family drama that will keep you engaged until the last page. The narratorial style is as dynamic as a hand-held video camera that captures scene by scene family interactions in their complexity, the obvious and the not-so-obvious psychological reactions, the winks, the frowns, the scowls and the ironies. The novel is a slice of life that blends together family psychology, humour, tongue-in-cheek dialogue and full-blown conflic ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am probably the odd one out, but I spent most of this book wavering between being happy that my small family isn't very close and being jealous that this wasn't my family. I came down on the side of jealousy. Why? Because while there were secrets and resentments these people really do love each other. And while many of the problems come to their head over the weekend, their care for each other is really obvious. It is also very obvious that Mr. Murphy cares for his characters and his quality w ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every family has is own style of dysfunction but Peter D. Murphy writes an amazing storyline that makes you nod your head more than once. Gloria has requested that her family come together "one last time". Immediately, we dive into each character's head and learn their point of view. The drama had me laughing, crying, shaking my head, and sighing (sometimes all at once!). Numerous scenes make me feel like I'm taking a trip down my own family memory lane. The unresolved anger and frustration betw ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel like I could have benefited from a family tree visual to get through the first few chapters! I struggled to grasp the dynamics of the family the first few chapters. After I was able to navigate all the siblings and spouses and grandchildren, I became more intrigued. This book illustrates that every family has their own secrets and dysfunction, but when push comes to shove in this case, life and death, the family sets aside their differences and pulls together. It felt like the end was rus ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was just going to be another book about a dysfunctional family. It’s not.

Oh, the family is definitely dysfunctional, but this book gets into all the ins and outs and whys. It’s a very good book.

You’re going to need a box of tissues at the end. And don’t bother reading the end before you read the rest of the book. It won’t make any sense to you.

I’ve not read any of Mr. Murphy’s previous books, but I’m certainly looking forward to his next one.

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Alison Amiot
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Last Weekend Of the Summer is the story of a family coming together at the family matriarch's home for the last weekend of the summer. The family is led by the matriarch - Gloria, and consists of Gloria's ex daughter-in-law Mary, Mary's three adult children, their spouses and children. The book has some hidden twists in it, and it will leave you with some subtle insights on life and getting through hard times.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really really impressed with this book! I was completely drawn in! I felt like I was watching my own family from within a mirror. Being able to see everything and hear everything from the plot of this story. Dysfunction is an understatement when it comes to some families and this story made me realize just how there are more dysfunctional families other than my own.
Bernice Kennedy
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this rating because this is a story that keeps your interest and relatable to real life. I liked the time of year, characters, and subject.

I would recommend this book because of how it deals with family drama and life issues. A fast moving read.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was a good story, but a very slow read for me. I just didn't grab my attention. This is the story of a dysfunctional family gathering at their family lake house for one family members last time. The relationship between the mother and her eldest daughter was by far the worst. The mother was not very motherly and was very immature. The relationship between the sisters was terrible. So terrible that the eldest sister spills a secret that will forever change the younger sister. The brothe ...more
Most families pile their skeletons into a dark closet and bar the door against prying eyes. In The Last Weekend of the Summer, each family member has their own personal closet. There is some awareness to what each has hidden, but no one is opening doors and sharing… until the last weekend of the summer.

Weekends at the lake aren’t new, but wanting to settle issues and cast out demons, family matriarch, Gloria, doesn’t tell her family the depth and meaning this weekend holds until they arrive. Her
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Last Weekend of Summer was a good story about a very dysfunctional family. There was drama, love, tenderness and kindness, but also some hard facts shared. In the beginning I wasn't sure I liked any of the characters, but they quickly grew on me and became much more three dimensional.

I'm sure most people can relate to at least one or two of the characters just from the people we meet in our daily lives, much less those in our families. Gloria, as well as being the matriarch, is the person I
Timothy Basi
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Last Weekend of the Summer” è il mio libro preferito di Peter Murphy. È una storia che parla del modo in cui ci si confronta col passato: il passato è incastonato nel presente di ognuno di noi e, col passare degli anni, assume sempre contorni nuovi e inaspettati. Gloria, Mary e tutti gli altri membri della famiglia, attraverso un’interazione non sempre facile - ma punteggiata da pennellate di squisita ironia – saranno alla fine del libro persone profondamente diverse. L’intreccio cattura da ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a story of a family facing not only the end of summer but a major change in their family. Gloria has called her children home to the cottage for a visit hinting that there is going to be more than bonfires and boating. When Johnnie, Buddy and CC arrive with their spouses and kids Gloria tells them their estranged father is also attending. This story is emotional and touches on lots of key issues facing people today. The reader experiences a range of emotions from joy to sadness. I receiv ...more
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“Ireland has produced more than its fair share of talented authors and poets: James Joyce, Patrick Kavanaugh, Austin Clarke, Brendan Behan, William Butler Yeats, and many more. With his stunning debut novel, Lagan Love, Peter Murphy is well on his way to adding his name to that impressive list…. Lagan Love takes the traditional love story and ramps it up several notches, with a supernatural twist ...more