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From the Publisher
"A European Gone Girl." --The Wall Street
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
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