The Dinner

The Dinner

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By (author) Herman Koch, Translated by Sam Garrett

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  • Publisher: Thorndike Press
  • Format: Hardback | 407 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 218mm x 25mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 26 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Detroit
  • ISBN 10: 1410459292
  • ISBN 13: 9781410459299
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Sales rank: 1,175,479

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"A European" Gone Girl."" --"The Wall Street Journal " An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives -- all over the course of one meal. It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse -- the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love. Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, "The Dinner" promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

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HERMAN KOCH is the author of seven novels and three collections of short stories. "The Dinner," his sixth novel, has been published in 25 countries, and was the winner of the Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

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"A European "Gone Girl.".."The Dinner," a sly psychological thriller that hinges on a horrific crime and its consequences for two families, has become one of spring's most anticipated suspense novels." - "The Wall Street Journal" "Mesmerizing and disturbing... fast-paced and addictive..."The Dinner," already a bestseller in Europe, is sure to find an enthusiastic American readership as well." - "Book Page" "This chilling novel starts out as a witty look at contemporary manners...before turning into a take-no-prisoners psychological thriller...With dark humor, Koch dramatizes the lengths to which people will go to preserve a comfortable way of life...this is a cunningly crafted thriller that will never allow you to look at a serviette in the same way again." - "Publishers Weekly"(starred review) "A high-class meal provides an unlikely window into privilege, violence and madness...Koch's slow revelation of the central crisis is expertly paced, and he's opened up a serious question of what parents owe their children, and how much of their character is passed on to them...a chilling vision of the ugliness of keeping up appearances." - "Kirkus" ""The Dinner" begins with drinks and dark satire, and goes stealthily and hauntingly from there. It's chilling, nasty, smart, shocking and unputdownable. Read the novel in one big gulp, and then make plans with friends--you'll be desperate to debate this book over cocktails, appetizers, entrees, dessert...and then you still won't be done talking about it." - Gillian Flynn, author of "Gone Girl " ''["The Dinner"] proves how powerful fiction can be in illuminating the modern world...The reader does not rise from his table happy and replete so much as stand up suddenly, pale and reeling. Bored with "Fifty Shades of Grey "and all that brouhaha? Read "The Dinner"--and taste the shock." - "The Economist " "Funny, provocative and exceedingly dark, this is a brilliantly addictive novel that wraps i