Monday, February 1, 2021

Weekend Pass Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

Today, I have a literary novel in our book review feature spot.  Learn about Weekend Pass and author Paul Cavanaugh--read my thoughts on the book and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


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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 About the Book

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. 


My Review

Weekend Pass is a Realistic, Emotional Read. When I first sat down to read, I wasn't sure what the author could offer readers with such a short focus: a weekend in the lives of Tasha and her family. My doubts disappeared as the author took me on an emotional journey--that allowed each character time to tell more of the story and add depth and emotion to Tasha's first weekend pass from the addiction treatment center. It felt very much like reading a true story or even a memoir as the author developed his characters and Tasha's story. In a short space, the author presented realistic dialogue, various characters' points of view and experiences, and a story that stretched far beyond the weekend's events.


Weekend Pass Takes a Real Look at Addiction. As the characters face pieces of the past, the immediate challenges of the present, and the doubts and unknowns of the future, readers follow an emotional journey through the impacts and aftermath of addiction on a family. Tasha seemed to want to recover--and was facing the new realities caused by her addition. The author shows readers a realistic day by day approach to recovery as he focuses on just a couple of days from her first weekend away from the treatment facility. Trust, doubt, fear, hope, and anger move in and out of the story as the characters face the weekend. While the story's focus is short--the implications of the novel offer readers much to consider.


Would I Recommend Weekend Pass by Paul Cavanaugh?  This book was an emotional journey that took me into the hearts and minds of a family facing life with (and as) a recovering addict. I love the author's realistic, emotionally charged storytelling--and I enjoyed that he gives readers a glimpse into Tasha's future with an epilogue. If you enjoy reading life stories with a conversational feel that focuses on some of the darker elements of reality while giving points to ponder--this is a great book that I would recommend.

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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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