“An imaginary country,” muses Tony Kerr in Peter Cameron’s elegant, melancholy second novel, The Weekend. “I’d make it up . . . all the cities and towns and restaurants and hotels and museums and cathedrals. . . . It would always be the nineteenth century, but with electricity and plumbing.” When the story opens, Tony, a charismatic and adventurous travel writer, has died of AIDS, and three close friends gather at a country estate outside New York to mourn him. His whimsical book never got written, but Cameron’s next novel, Andorra, appears to be set in Tony’s invented country.
(Fiction; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994 and 1997)