I just finished reading Weekend by Jane Eaton Hamilton There a few reason why I didn t want to read this book as I suspected that the subject matter would take me to hard places But when a queer lesbian gay story comes out, I must explore Two story lines, both compelling, switching back and forth at just the right time. Once I started reading this book, save for sleeping, I could not put it down. Maybe there will be a sequel There was definitely enough story to continue. This is the best book I have read this year Hamilton brings us four wonderful characters who live and grapple with lesbian queer women s contemporary experiences The sex is hot the characters are wonderfully flawed, human, and relatable This is the book to beat for the 2016 Lammy in Lesbian Fiction Buy it read it Love it. My review at Curve Her Fiftieth Birthday, Crazy In Love Ajax Visits Her Mercurial Lover Logan, Who Trails Their Tarnished Reputation Like A Lapsed Halo Logan Has Secrets, But So Does Ajax, And During Their Weekend Getaway To Ontario S Cottage Country, Some Of These Secrets Will Prove ExplosiveIn The Next Cottage, Long Term Couple Joe And Elliot Are Having Their Own Challenges As The Parents Of A Newborn Baby Girl Joe Isn T ✓ Weekend ê Download by Ã Jane Eaton Hamilton Sure If Elliot Loves Her Or Even If Elliot Wanted A Baby At All Can She Make It Through A Weekend Feeling As She Does, Let Alone The Rest Of Her Life Jane Eaton Hamilton S Ninth Book Is An Intimate, Sexy Queer Romance Weekend Is A Bold And Heartbreaking Consideration Of The True Nature Of Love At The Cusp Of Middle Age About Trust, Negotiation, And What S Worth Keeping In The EndQ , Trans, Transgender, Non Binary, Enby, Lesbian, Couples, Poly, Monogamy, Romance, Violence, Literature, Disability, Marriage OwnvoicesFICTION Erotica TransFICTION Erotica LesbianDRAMA LGBTFICTION Romance LGBT GeneralFICTION Romance LGBT TransFICTION Romance LGBT LesbianSOCIAL SCIENCE LGBT Studies GeneralSOCIAL SCIENCE LGBT Studies Gay StudiesSOCIAL SCIENCE LGBT Studies Lesbian StudiesTRAVEL Special Interest LGBT Gender studies, trans, lesbian, lgbt, queer, family life, disability, WOC, diversity, novels, fiction, cottages, N Ontario, Muskoka, daughters, same sex marriage, childbirth, relationship breakup, transphobic parentBook review Agony and ecstasy apparent in new novel WeekendTom Sandborn Vancouver SunWeekendBy Jane Eaton HamiltonArsenal Pulp Press All happy families are alike each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, Tolstoy tells his readers at the beginning of Anna Karenina Like most successful epigrams, this line is pungent, compelling and memorable Also, like many such quips, it could work just as well turned inside out, as a declaration that all unhappy families have broad stroke elements in common. While award winning Vancouver poet, short story writer and novelist Jane Eaton Hamilton s new book, Weekend is, by, the author s own Â Weekend Â Fantastic take on modern relationships Two same sex couples head off for a Weekend in Ontario cottage country and none of the individuals returns home quite the same Logan takes his lover Ajax to celebrate her 50th birthday while Joe Elliot have just had a newborn Seemingly disparate stories but seamlessly interwoven Logan Elliot were once a couple are now just friends Joe has just given birth is trying to get her head body around the enormous expectations childcare involves yet Elliot, her wife, is not quite present A simple love storynot quite When read with a closer eye, symbols metaphors abound Ajax, one of the four main characters a unique name Indeed in the Trojan War, Ajax Hector battled It went on so long that Zeus called it a draw Yup, mighty Zeus Thus, we This was just horrible writing The very first sentence struck me with her efforts to be overly poetic to the point of making it unclear what she was actually saying As the story played out, the characters all had implausible actions, and the dialogue all sounded like someone was reading a textbook or giving a lecture It didn t seem like any character in the book or probably the author understood how physically taxing it would be to give birth and then have to take care of a baby You don t invite guests over for dinner when your baby is two days old You don t drop off your dog with a mom who is alone with her newborn and expect her to watch him Several of the characters were horrible beyond belief, and I feel like I was expected to accept this as just part of the messiness of real relationships It was all so bad. Just fantastic So much can happen in a few days time, and tons is packed into this book Set in a lakeside locale that proves anything but idyllic, Weekend is as much an exploration of adulthood s confusions and wounds as it is a study of complex relationships The characters, both likable and abhorrent, rip and rifle through their emotional baggage some of it spanning several decades to varying degrees of detriment. What sets Weekend apart from the pack is Jane Eaton Hamilton s refusal to idealise relationships between women, and is perhaps the first queer themed book I ve encountered that doesn t regard queerness as holier than thou We are not immune from abusive behaviors, malice, cruelty, or selfishness, and Hamilton s Joe, Elliot, Logan, and Ajax display motivations that stray far from the easy answers.
Intense relationship story about two queer couples at neighbouring cottages on a Weekend Logan is about to propose to their partner Ajax, who has a heart related disability The other couple, Elliott and Joe, is facing the struggles of having a newborn baby, and one woman s disease over her partner s polyamorous lifestyle Logan and Ajax s story wascompelling for me, probably because it feltintense, with Ajax s heart condition, the couple s frank discussions around each one s comfort level with BDSM and role play, and both partners having family issues Logan with a mother who insists on calling them by their birth name and asks that Logan not get married until she dies, and Ajax with grown children worried over their mother s condition and unhappy about her remarrying. Jane Eaton Hamilton s Weekend is a queer, crip reimagining of What we talk about when we talk about love Two couples, one new and one together sixteen years, come together for a Weekend in the country, unexpectedly confronting the demons of their current and past relationships As one couple unravels under the stress of a newborn, the other wrestles with what it means to love and be loved in the face of a deadly disability Weekend is sexy, tender, and raw, with smoldering sex scenes and intimate arguments that leave tender bruises at the intersections of disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, and class Jane Eaton Hamilton exposes the exquisite and raw vulnerabilities of her characters with empathy and insight the lesbian who secretly thinks she might be straight, the new mother anxious for her milk Jesus Christ, what a gorgeous prose And all the queerness My god The boi dykes, the kinksters, the dis identifiers, the non normatives, the sweet dreamers, the loose talkers, the sweet lovers, the broken hearted Gotta love em all.
About The Author
Jane Eaton Hamilton
Jane Eaton Hamilton is the queer disabled Canadian author of nine books of short fiction and poetry Their novel Weekend, called a tour de force by the Vancouver Sun, appeared in 2016 Their memoir Mondays are Yellow, Sundays are Grey, retitled No More Hurt, was a Sunday Times bestseller UK and included on the Guardian s Best Books of the Year list Their books have been shortlisted for