Two weeks, a fortnight, a vacation, short time, long time… There are so many different ways to look at two weeks—almost as many as there are different ways to look at love—parent, lover, child, temptation, spouse… Larry Duberstein’s novel, The Twoweeks, views a short vacation from life and its aftermath through the eyes of two people in love. They’re happily married, but not to each other, as they take a two-week break. Drawn together—was it love at first sight? Living together—did they know what they were letting themselves in for? Remembering two weeks and their longer implications—but what happened next? The author pulls readers along through conversation, journal and memory. Agreement and disagreement weave a pleasing tapestry. And two very different points of view encompass past present and future in a fortnight’s short landscape. Lara’s a poet, shaping her memories with words, carving thoughts into poems. Cal, by contrast, is an actor, equally creative but driven to play a part, define a position and live the role. As the novel opens, a glimpse is given of the future while both stand off-stage. Then the reader, all unknowing yet almost knowing, is drawn into memories written on Lara’s paper or carved in Cal’s heart. Two weeks play out on the pages of a lyrically honest and descriptive journal. Accuracy is argued and redefined as Cal and Lara recall playing a script that neither planned. Just how big a risk can one take with love, and how long a journey will set us free from it, if we want to be free? This novel explores the fluidity of love that, once mixed, cannot be restored again to its separate parts. Memory’s uncertainties match the changing characters of places experienced in different company. And a whole world of people is affected by the rising tide of two isolated weeks. Oddly different and enthralling, the writing creates scenery, ocean and love’s dilemmas with equal power and conviction, leaving the reader pondering paths not taken and destinations reached together.
Disclosure: I received a bound galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.