A normal weekend in 21st Century urban Britain: binge-drinking, pill-popping, football, sex, loneliness, Sunday roasts, violence, hurt, boredom, love, redemption. All under the encroaching shadow of Monday morning. Weekender follows various Edinburgh residents over the course of one weekend and ten very different tales, moving from one character to the next as their paths cross. More
Weekender is a work of urban fiction set in modern-day Edinburgh. It tells the tales of several characters over the course of a weekend, the story jumping from one to the next as their paths briefly cross. Through these tales, the novel flits from darkness to light, but the underlying theme is of redemption and renewal.
Friday is seen at first through the eyes explores of a young man in a soul-less job in a faceless office. It then enters Edinburgh’s seedy underbelly, following a sexual deviant tormented by untamed urges; then a drug-addicted prostitute on the run; then ventures halfway across the globe and back, to Sri Lanka and a jovial shopkeeper’s turbulent escape from war; and a young hedonist clinging to reality. Friday is grim, the rain lashing down around the characters as many struggle against their own demons.
Saturday begins with the farce and mayhem of football; follows a serial womaniser on an illicit rendezvous; an insane taxi driver never far from violence; a young woman of conscience whose purposeful day is lost in a haze of vodka. Saturday is changeable, the clouds punctuated by bursts of brilliant sunlight.
Sunday meets a quiet family man led from the bottle by a new found faith; and an enjoyable Sunday lunch with a seemingly unremarkable middle class family. Sunday is hopeful, a buoyant sun set against a blue sky, albeit with clouds on the horizon.
Only in the damp fog of Monday morning, as the young office worker prepares for the grind of another working week, do the secrets of the weekend finally reveal themselves.
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