You’re invited to join our discussion of The Dinner by Herman Koch.
A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays.
But the empty words hide a terrible conflict. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified - by everyone except their parents. 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.
Copies of the novel will be available at the library to borrow three weeks prior to the program date. Please call or visit the library to reserve your copy. The book discussion group meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 pm in the library.