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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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Absolutely fascinating and controversial. The narrator is compelling and tells an excellent story. Couldn't put it down. Read it in 2 days.
Quick Read, engaging
Enjoyed this book,sometimes it seemed to ramble about unnecessary details. Makes you stop and think about how you would react to the same situations. Characters were believable but sometimes their actions not so much. Downloaded and finished it in one day.
I read this book based on a review in a magazine. Although it is written amazingly and keeps you interested, you never find out the endings to some pivotal moments. If you like books that tell the history, then jump back to the present, and how family dynamics are all apart of that you will enjoy. Even thoughtful was originally written about a Dutch family, one being a high powered politician, it's still resonates about every family dynamic all over the world.