Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 5 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Weekend from Alan Winnikoff in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
One autumn Friday in New York in 1995, two people come together in a luxury apartment for a glass of wine. They already know each other, not well, but well enough to have shared a couple of kisses. They wind up spending this particular weekend together.
Over the course of two days, we learn much about them – they are alternately petty and generous, brave and fearful, self-absorbed and giving. At the end of the weekend they go their separate ways. Was this a one time thing or will they find each other again?
First Line: “Her invitation was like one of those midafternoon double espresso shots Jeff had come to rely on to get him through his day.”
There he was, emerging from the depths of the subway into the long, late afternoon shadows of the twin World Trade Center towers. A blustery October wind gusted in from the Hudson, slicing through lower Manhattan on its way to Brooklyn and points beyond.
I can just feel the crisp fall air. If anyone knows how to play with imagery, it’s Alan Freaking Winnikoff.
Now let’s move on to my favorite part: the conflict.
- Carolyn and Jeff are interested in each other.
- Carolyn invites Jeff over for some…alone time.
- Jeff comes over! 💖️ But wait, Carolyn remembers she has a date…with another man. 💔
- Carolyn is out with her super hot date and Jeff gets jealous! And rightly so!
- BUTTT Jeff also is dating other people, namely, one of Carolyn’s friends.
Stop. It. Right. Now.
It’s only Friday night and their weekend hasn’t even begun yet!
We are first introduced to Jeff and Carolyn as they attempt a rendezvous to sort their mutual affection. They both have one foot in…but that’s not good enough.
To make things worse, Jeff is compulsive and accusatory, but in the most adorable way POSSIBLE! He just emanates this sexy vulnerability while fighting an inner battle between desire and jealousy.
And Carolyn? She doesn’t do well with his random outbursts of hostility. Girls can’t handle that kind of cray, am I right? Or am I RIGHT?
Come Saturday, Jeff and Carolyn learn more about each other’s lives and what they’re yearning for. They both seek a relationship that is whole. Tired of meandering the world broken, they hope to find the answers they’re looking for this weekend. 😏
That’s a lot of pressure lying on the back of a weekend! *sigh* What a whirlwind tale of love. Alan Winnikoff, you need to script me up a man who can woo me overnight!
…Except knowing my luck, I’m going to somehow end up in Vegas—oh hey, there’s Elvis—and the next day I’m going to find out my brand new dashing hubby has a fiancée waiting for him back at home. Lucky me. How’s that for a plot? Story of my life, friends. #GimmeAHunkAlready
Do you want to hear about REAL bad luck? Let me tell you about Carolyn who dated a man (a stellar, brilliantly talented, sophisticated man) who got killed in an accident. Said man’s family essentially made her feel like the accident was her fault. Now that…THAT is bad luck. No wonder she’s hesitant to give her heart to Jeff!
How could he compete with that? Jeff would wind up like the rest of those horny losers desperately trying to find a way to make a connection and more than likely scaring the hell out of the very women they were trying to get with.
But what happens when the perfect man is ready to give you the world, and you don’t know what to do with it? Oooo the ambiguity is killing me!
Say “yes” to this man and ride off into the sunset!
The Weekend felt like a lifetime of memories being replayed in a single moment; a kaleidoscope of sadness, hope, desire and all the aches and pains of the unknown.
Alan Winnikoff has painted a stunning picture of doubt, realization, and the what-ifs of love. We follow Jeff as he succumbs to this woman. We live vicariously through his emotional journey—a forbidden romance—and his personal transformation as he inevitably realizes what wants. Now, his goal is to convince Carolyn it’s what she wants, too.