The Weekend by Peter Cameron

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On a midsummer weekend, in a country house in upstate New York, three friends, Lyle, Marian, and John, gather on the anniversary of the death of John's brother, who was also Lyle's lover. As Tony's absence haunts each of them in different ways, the reunion is complicated by the presence of Lyle's new lover, a much younger man named Robert, and a faux-Italian dinner guest with a penchant for truth telling. As the seemingly idyllic weekend proceeds, each character is stripped bare, and old memories and new desires create a chemistry that will transform them all.


About Peter Cameron

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Peter Cameron is the author of Andorra (FSG, 1997), The City of Your Final Destination (FSG, 2002), and Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You (FSG, 2007). His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. He lives in New York City.
Published March 31, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 206 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Marian is upset that Lyle would bring a last-minute mystery guest to this anniversary weekend and dinner party, which will also include an Italian neighbor, Laura, herself put out by the surprise appearance of her actress daughter, Nina.

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Three friends gather in the woods of upstate New York on the anniversary of a friend's death, only to be joined by two outsiders in Cameron's latest novel about relationships and love.

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Huffington Post

The prior film opened with $46 million the weekend before Christmas in 2007 (against I Am Legend's record $77.25 million December opening) and inexplicably made it to $217 million.

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If the press jumps on the 'mere' $73 million opening sprint the way they crucified King Kong's $50 million 3-day and $66 million five-day opening, then the film may forever be considered a disappointment no matter how much it grosses in the end.

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Crossing $100 million in the next couple days will be It's Complicated and The Princess and the Frog, which ended their weekends with $98 million and $99 million respectively.

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If the opening weekend number of $30 million feels disappointing, it's only because of the film's excessive cost (about $200 million to make, probably another $100 million to market) and somewhat unreasonable expectations.

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It was at this time that Allstar Weekend’s members, Cameron, Nathan Darmody (guitar and vocals), Zach Porter (vocals) and Michael Martinez (drums), wrote the chart-topping singles hitting airwaves across the country.

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