The Dinner List
If you could invite anyone at all to a fantasy dinner party, who would be on your list?
‘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 appetisers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins. Consequently 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.
‘Imagine that you could gather the people you’ve loved – dead or alive- at one table, for one night. With a chance to heal yourself once and for all. The Dinner List is a heartbreakingly romantic book framed by such an evening. It’s Serle’s unflinching investigation into the triumph and failings of love that makes this book one of a kind. A touch magic, a touch tragic, and absolutely compelling from beginning to end.’ — Stephanie Danler, New York Times bestselling author of Sweetbitter
‘I read The Dinner List in a single day, unable to tear myself away from this unconventional dinner party. Rebecca Serle draws you in with this clever and delightful story and then (when you least expect it) offers up some of the sharpest insights on first loves, friendships and family. This book is completely original and wildly entertaining.’ — Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls
Unique, wistful & magical!
Such an imaginative premise that will have you asking yourself if you could invite five people living or dead to a dinner party who would you choose?
THE DINNER LIST by REBECCA SERLE is a wonderful, captivating, touching, fun and light-hearted tale that I was immediately drawn into and devoured rather quickly.
REBECCA SERLE delivers an intriguing, engaging, complex and well-written story here told in short alternating chapters so that we get ‘up to speed’ with the back story of each character. This makes it a quick and easy read. The story was filled with diverse and unique characters, an enchanting and delicious setting, and a heartfelt and insightful storyline.
Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between New York and Los Angeles. Serle most recently co-developed the television adaptation of her YA series Famous in Love for Freeform and Warner Brothers Television.