Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Weekend Pass by Paul Cavanagh + #Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Weekend Pass by Paul Cavanagh
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 yrs +),  210 pages
Genre: Literary
PublisherNot That London Writer
Release date:   Jan 19, 2021
Content RatingPG-13 + M. Includes some f-words, religious profanities, and mature themes (addiction, adultery)

Weekend Pass packs a lot into fewer than two hundred pages. The dialogue never stutters. The writing is tight and clean and elegant with hidden depths that give pause for reflection and thought. It covers important, difficult themes in a compassionate, humanist way. It was an absolute pleasure to read.
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Book Description:

Who can forgive a mother who poisons her eight-year-old son? Even if it was an accident. Tasha thought she had everything under control – her family life, her career as a nurse – until her son got into her stash of painkillers. Now, during her first weekend home from drug treatment, she must come to grips with the damage she’s done and somehow pick up the pieces. Told from the points of view of four different family members, Weekend Pass is a story about the lies we tell ourselves and the people we love. And it’s about struggling to rise above the mistakes that threaten to define us. 

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Weekend Pass is an intense domestic drama novel which explores the effects of addiction across extended families, and how patterns of self-destructive behaviour can be repeated down through multiple generations. The novel itself takes place over a single weekend - Tasha's first temporary release from Recovery House, a drug treatment facility - but manages to encompass years in the lives of her family. Weekend Pass is a gently paced novel which packs a lot of events into its pages. I was engrossed to the extent that I hardly noticed an afternoon passing me by. I didn't want to leave these people until their story had been resolved.

I thought Paul Cavanagh did a really good job of telling this story with the emotional sensitivity it needed, but also without pulling any punches when it came to portraying the realities of drug and alcohol addiction. He does resort to telling, rather than showing, a bit too often for my tastes in depicting Tasha's family's history, however I liked the characters he created. I felt he had a genuine understanding of their fraught relationships. I appreciated also the realism of their fractured communications. A myriad of reasons prevent these people from being open and honest with each other and, even when they believe themselves to be acting in everyone's best interests, the resulting crossed wires often lead to greater misunderstandings and frustrations.

For me, Weekend Pass was quite an emotional read. I could empathise with Tasha, despite what she had done, and also with Charlotte and Brenda. I think this novel would appeal to readers who also enjoyed Distorted Days by Louise Worthington and perhaps also Plumas de Muerte by Phil Motel.

Meet the Author:

Paul Cavanagh is a Canadian author whose debut novel, After Helen, won the Lit Idol competition at the London Book Fair in the UK and was published to rave reviews in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. He’s been compared to Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler for his ability to be at turns funny and moving while exploring the paradoxes of modern family relationships. He lives in London, Ontario (not be be confused with that other London). Weekend Pass is his third novel.

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Tour Schedule:

Jan 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 12 - Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 - Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – Elizabeth McKenna - Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 14 - Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Jan 15 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review
Jan 18 - Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 - Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 - Books Beans & Botany – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 22 – taketwolu – book review
Jan 22 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Jan 25 – The Bibliophilic World – book review
Jan 25 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
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Jan 27 – I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 - Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight
Feb 1 – Corinne Rodrigues – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 - I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review / giveaway

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Win a signed copy of Weekend Pass. Open to the USA and Canada until the 8th February. 

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