Three years ago this month, I started the READ THIS! series with Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers. (Spoiler Alert: I loved it.) After a couple of solid years, it fell the to the wayside once my schedule picked up and the last book that I posted about was Wonder last January. (Spoiler Alert Again: I loved this one too, but no, I don't love every book I read.) But, I haven't stopped reading and I'm excited to start this absolutely no-guilt, no-obligation book club back up again. 

October's READ THIS! book selection is The Dinner by Herman Koch ...

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Amazon describes this book as, "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 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 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 reveal the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy."

I am so excited to dive into this novel. It got glowing reviews from Gillian Flynn (one of my favorites!) and I love a good psychological thriller. I hope you'll read along and check back here at the end of October for a discussion and the announcement of the next book! 


PS. In case you're wondering about The Goldfinch, which was January's READ THIS! book that I never reviewed, it wasn't my favorite. There were parts of it that I liked, but overall I felt that it dragged on and took Tartt too long to make her point. Have you read it? Did you love it or hate it? I'd love to hear your thoughts!



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