A 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 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.

Author

Herman Koch

Herman Koch (1953) is known as a television producer and a writer. The book 'Het diner', published in 2009, was his breakthrough in the Netherlands. It was published in 17 countries. It was partly based on a true story involving a homeless woman named, María del Rosario Endrinal Petit, in Barcelona (Spain), in December 2005. 

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Review THE DINNER - Herman Koch
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Blog CR - The Dinner, Herman Koch
Karen Chisholm
Saturday, June 15, 2013
ISBN
9780770437855
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Review THE DINNER - Herman Koch
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Blog CR - The Dinner, Herman Koch
Karen Chisholm
Saturday, June 15, 2013

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