The Dinner

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Crown/Archetype, Feb 12, 2013 - Fiction - 304 pages
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The darkly suspenseful tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. Now a major motion picture.
 
“Chilling, nasty, smart, shocking, and unputdownable.”—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
 
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 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, and as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
 
NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
 
“A European Gone Girl . . . A sly psychological thriller.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Brilliantly engineered . . . The novel is designed to make you think twice, then thrice, not only about what goes on within its pages, but also the next time indignation rises up, pure and fiery, in your own heart.”Salon
 
“You’ll eat it up, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”Entertainment Weekly
 
“[Koch] has created a clever, dark confection . . . absorbing and highly readable.”New York Times Book Review
 
“Tongue-in-cheek page-turner.”The Washington Post
 
“[A] deliciously Mr. Ripley-esque drama.”O: The Oprah Magazine
 

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Reading this book was like eating an orange gone bad, very bad. As you reveal the fruit inside, you find out it is rotten through and through. I began getting an uneasy feeling at the halfway point ... Read full review

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Pretty disturbing story about the how far parents would go to protect their children. The author does a good job making you dislike all the characters for their behaviour. Interesting to watch the unfolding of the narrator as a psychotic. Well written but a chilling story. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
13
Section 4
17
Section 5
21
Section 6
24
Section 7
28
Section 8
37
Section 24
151
Section 25
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Section 26
163
Section 27
166
Section 28
169
Section 29
174
Section 30
185
Section 31
190

Section 9
43
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
273
Section 43
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Section 44
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Section 45
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About the author (2013)

HERMAN KOCH is the author of seven novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner, his sixth novel, has been published in 25 countries, and was the winner of the Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

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