Summer House with Swimming Pool

Summer House with Swimming Pool : A Novel

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The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instant "New York Time"s bestseller "The Dinner."
When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he's not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.
It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier's extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph's later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer's tragedy.
Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made "The Dinner" an international phenomenon, "Summer House with Swimming Pool" is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 387 pages
  • 152.4 x 208.28 x 38.1mm | 589.67g
  • USA, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0804138818
  • 9780804138819
  • 362,154

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"Bound to satisfy fans of "The Dinner."..A new psychological thriller about nasty people on an opulent vacation."--"Boston Globe"
"Twisty, thrilling."--"New York Post"
"In Koch's equally devious follow-up to "The Dinner, " civilization is once again only a thin cover-up for man's baser instincts...Make no mistake: very few real-world events will distract readers from finishing this addictive book in one or two sittings."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"[In "The Dinner, "] Koch's wry wit and sardonic approach to marriage and children transformed a grisly act of violence into fodder for parental and ethical contemplation. Here, he once again probes the limits of parental protection...[and] continues to illuminate ways in which our Freudian unconscious takes dreadful revenge on the ego."--"Library Journal"(starred review)
"Just as he did in his bestseller, "The Dinner "(2013), Dutch novelist Koch tells a sinister tale through the eyes of a questionable narrator...Koch's deft and nuanced exploration of gender, guilt, and vengeance make his second novel to be translated into English an absorbing read."--"Booklist"
"In this disquieting novel from Koch ("The Dinner," 2013, etc.), sex, celebrity and medical ethics become inextricably tangled as a summer idyll goes nightmarishly wrong...A sly psychological thriller lurks within this pitch-dark comedy of manners."--"Kirkus"
"Herman Koch ("The Dinner") dishes up another rich stew of language, character and cynicism...[with] a summer vacation mystery."--Shelf Awareness
Praise for Herman Koch's "The Dinner "
"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""
"Poised to shake up American publishing...Koch tells a story that could very well take away your appetite." --USA
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About Herman Koch

HERMAN KOCH is the author of eight novels and three collections of short stories. "The Dinner," his sixth novel, has been published in twenty-five countries, and was an international bestseller. He currently lives in Amsterdam.
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