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Title:
The dinner list
Title:
The dinner list
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Edition:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.
Physical Description:
276 pages ; 25 cm
Abstract:
"We've been waiting for an hour." That's what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That's the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed." At one point or another, we've all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we'd like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You. When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there's a reason these six people have been gathered together. Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, THE DINNER LIST is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.

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Summary

Summary

"I have five words for Rebecca Serle's The Dinner List : wistful, delicious, romantic, magical, love."
--Gabrielle Zevin, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Young Jane Young

"We've been waiting for an hour." That's what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That's the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed."

At one point or another, we've all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we'd like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day , and the life-changing romance of Me Before You .

When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there's a reason these six people have been gathered together.

Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, THE DINNER LIST is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.


Author Notes

Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between NYC and LA. Serle co-developed the television adaptation of her YA series FAMOUS IN LOVE for Freeform and Warner Brothers Television. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California.


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Booklist Review

In her junior year at USC, Sabrina's best friend and roommate, Jessica, challenged her to come up with a list of five people, living or dead, with whom she would like to share a meal. Years later, Sabrina, now living in New York and working in publishing, walks into a restaurant and finds her five ideal dinner guests seated at a table. One is Jessica. Another is Professor Conrad, who taught Sabrina philosophy. Another is Robert, her father, who abandoned Sabrina and her mother when Sabrina was five years old and is, by the way, deceased. Another is Audrey Hepburn. The fifth guest is Tobias, the commitment-averse photographer with whom Sabrina has been smitten since college. Chapters detailing their on-again, off-again relationship, intense but also fractious and ultimately devastating, alternate with chapters in which the dinner guests eat their meal, converse, work out why they are there, and help Sabrina move on with her life. Themes of love, loss, and forgiveness weave through this intriguing mix of the real and the fanciful.--Mary Ellen Quinn Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

In a magical realism story that moves between flashbacks and the present, author ("Famous in Love" series) Serle's novel brings to life familiar characters, both from the big screen as well as from protagonist Sabrina's real life. Serle uses the hypothetical dinner party idea, usually an ice-breaker at parties or in interviews, as a way for Sabrina to deal with her difficult relationships. At her 30th-birthday dinner, Sabrina encounters five guests: her best friend Jessica; her on-again, off-again boyfriend Tobias; her estranged father, Robert; the professor who brought Tobias and Sabrina together; and actress Audrey Hepburn. The dinner party experience helps Sabrina work through her memories, both painful and joyous. VERDICT This romance novel with metaphysical elements is contemplative without being too heavy. Readers will empathize with the protagonist and encourage her. A good addition to any modern fiction collection.-Rachel Koenig, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Libs., Richmond © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.