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Weekend Pass

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.


Weekend Pass

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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Release Date Jan 19, 2021
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My Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Addiction can be the biggest curse in families and can tear them apart. This is the story of Tasha who is struggling with addiction. Her actions and choices have impacted her whole family. However, her addiction is itself a symptom of her being part of a very dysfunctional family.

Put in rehab, Tasha is out for the weekend and this fast-paced novel covers not just her experience but delves into the family dynamic and explains how she got addicted. Although Tasha is the focus, the story is told from the perspective of her father, Milt, her aunt, Charlotte and her husband, Baker.

The book is sensitively written and despite its brevity gives us a good insight into how addiction affects entire families.

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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A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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