The Dinner // Herman Koch

THIS BOOK. I loved it.

Spanning one single dinner, the plot spirals through the present and within flash-backs to craft a non-linear, fantastically creative novel. It is rare to read a book and not be reminded of another by the end; The Dinner achieved that for me. The meticulous crafting of precise details, the morphing character development, and the vehicle of the dinner itself are so stellar and so unique that, for maybe the first time ever, I didn't want to get to dessert. 

Also important to note is the extremely problematic topics approached throughout the novel. I initially picked the novel up because of the tagline "a European Gone Girl", if that gives you any idea what kind of plot transpires. The best way to describe this plot is that it SPIRALS. You think you're appalled? Just wait. You think someone is unstable? JUST WAIT. Koch will make you gasp in both horror and surprise in both the present and also from the flashbacks. 

The Dinner was one of my favorite reads of 2016. I highly recommend picking it up if you are in the mood for something a little dark with some really excellent writing. 

Page: 306
Publisher: Hogarth
Publication Date: February 2013