The Dinner

The Dinner

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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 shows 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.
Uniform Title: Diner. English
Publisher: North Kingstown, R.I. : AudioGO, p2012.
ISBN: 9781620645918
1620645912
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 8 hr. 59 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Mantle, Clive

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Feb 14, 2015

This is a great book-enough comedy and angles to keep you gobbling it up. Koch writes in an engaging and insightful way, keeps you following along in the characters train of thought(s) as he covers all kinds of issues. very entertaining.

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Jun 19, 2013

***** STARS "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." thus begins Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina". So begins Mr. Koch who then sets out to prove that the self-described happy family of the protagonist is very different from other happy families. Two brothers and their wives go out to dinner. I was prepared for a literate book of table talk - Wow was this narrative a surprise. I highly recommend this book + I also highly recommend that you begin the book with as little knowledge of the plot as possible. Just let a superb author lead you down an amazing garden path!!!!!

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