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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
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Published August 28th 2018 by Story Plant
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Dianne
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
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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
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Quirkybookworm
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
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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
Syllables of Swathi
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
My full review can be found at my blog page: https://syllablesofswathi.wordpress.c...

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
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Joan
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
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Marti
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
SOMDReigel
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
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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
Laurie
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!
Amanda
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,
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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
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.
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Paula
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
Susan
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
Amanda
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
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.
Karen
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
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