The Dinner

The Dinner

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Now a major motion picture starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, and Chloe Sevigny "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 scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. 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. 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. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader's guide and bonus contentshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 147.32 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 249.47g
  • Hogarth Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0385346859
  • 9780385346856
  • 82,807

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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 " "[Koch] has created a clever, dark confection... absorbing and highly readable." --"New York Times Book Review" "Tongue-in-cheek page-turner." --"The Washington Post" " " "The best part about "The Dinner" was this tension taking place above the plates. As the meal wore on, I realized I couldn't get up from the table." --"Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR " "Poised to shake up American publishing...Koch tells a story that could very well take away your appetite." --USA "[A] deliciously Mr. Ripley-esque drama." --"O, The Oprah Magazine" " " "You'll eat it up, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." --"Entertainment Weekly " "Koch's ability to toy with the reader's alliances while using one family's distress to consider greater societal ills gives the novel a vital punch." --"Daily Beast" " ""Every detail...manage[s] to catch our attention when Herman Koch uses them to develop his curious characters and bring us into the dark and thought-provoking plot." --Seattle Post Intelligencer "A tart main course that explores how quickly the facade of civility can crumble. It's hard to digest at times, but with a thought-provoking taste that lingers." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer" " " "The novel has been called the "Gone Girl" of the Continent, and not without cause: Like Gillian Flynn's bestseller, it's a tale told by an unreliable narrator, full of twists and skillfully executed revelations, ultimately registering as a black parable about the deceptively civilized surface of cosmopolitan, middle-class lives...What Koch achieves with his prose--plain but undergirded by breathtaking angles, like a beautiful face scrubbed free of makeup -- is a brilliantly engineered and (for the tshow more

About Herman Koch

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

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92,375 ratings
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2 17% (15,413)
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