January 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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About the book:
The Dinner by Herman Koch
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.
A 20% discount is available for A Novel Bunch members at Books-a-Million. You will need to use the Community Member Discount number for this purchase. Members can find that number by following this link: http://files.meetup.c...
A $1 contribution is strongly suggested and greatly appreciated to assist the organizer with costs related to A Novel Bunch.
We always go to a restaurant to dine after the discussion so plan to join us for this.
We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Please bring your item(s) and we will load up my car so I can take the items to the food bank. Here is a link to the Harvest Hope Food Bank website which also contains a list of most needed items - http://www.harvesthope.org/files/Generic_food_drive_flyer.pdf
This is a popular group that usually has a waiting list. If you RSVP that you’re coming to the month’s book discussion, please do come (and read the book). If a member R.S.V.P.s, "yes" and doesn't show up without explanation, that member will be removed from the group.