Dinner Party (Paperback)
“Sarah Gilmartin gives us terrific, complex characters and strong themes, in prose that is charged with insight.” —Anne Enright
“The search is off -- here is our next read. Here is an expert writer.” —Meg Mason
A riveting, beautifully written, and poignant coming-of-age story about the heartrending complications of sibling relationships and the trauma of family secrets, perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson, Maggie O’Farrell, and Anne Enright.
Kate has taught herself to be careful, to be meticulous.
To mark the anniversary of a death in the family, she plans a dinner party - from the fancy table settings to the perfect Baked Alaska waiting in the freezer. Yet by the end of the night, old tensions have flared, the guests have fled, and Kate is spinning out of control.
But all we have is ourselves, her father once said, all we have is family.
Set between the 1990s and the present day, from a farmhouse in Carlow to Trinity College, Dublin, Dinner Party is a dark, sharply observed debut told with sharp, elegant humour that thrillingly unravels into family secrets and tragedy.
--The Minneapolis Star Tribune
"People’s masks slip in Dinner Party, a sedulous novel in which a family confronts its demons with determination."