Ready for our second October book club selection? Our members have been reading international best seller The Dinner by Herman Koch. Two brothers and their wives dine together at a formal restaurant to discuss an important, life-changing incident that has occurred within their family. What is being left unspoken over the course of their meal is even more important than their tension filled verbal exchanges.
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.
Intrigued? Grab a copy of the book and join us on October 29 as From Left to Write members discuss The Dinner by Herman Koch. Make sure to make this cocktail inspired by The Dinner to enjoy as you read.
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