February 2013 Indie Next List
“In this brilliant novel, two brothers and their wives meet for dinner in an upscale restaurant. Structured around the courses of the meal and narrated by Paul, what starts out in the first section -- Aperitif -- as a hilarious riff on the pretentious meal that he is reluctantly sharing with his brother, Serge, takes on an increasingly ominous tone as the reason for the meeting gradually unfolds. Psychologically taut and beautifully constructed, this tale hooks the reader from the first page to the hair-raising conclusion. A literary page-turner that explores the lengths to which families will go to protect their own.”
— Sheila Daley, Barrett Bookstore, Darien, CT
An easy-to-read version of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, ideal for readers 18 and up who struggle with ordinary fiction
One evening in Amsterdam, two couples meet for dinner. They need to discuss their teenage sons. The boys have committed a horrifying act that was caught on TV. They remain unidentified—except by their parents. How far will each couple go to protect their child? This is a gripping psychological tale of grief, shame, blame, doubt, and pride passed on from one generation to the next, in an easy-to-read format.
About the Author
Herman Koch is a Dutch writer. He was a renowned television actor on the series "Jiskefet "and a former columnist for the newspaper "Volkskrant." "The Dinner" has already won the prestigious Publieksprijs Prize, in 2009.