The Dinner - Herman Koch, Sam Garrett

The tension in this story is palpable from the first page, and the author sustains it throughout the novel, as the reader's awareness widens when different aspects of the narrator's experience are revealed. Relationship dynamics are at the heart of the story, not only between sibilings and couples but also between parents and children and in the workplace. The motif of organizing the sections of the story according to the stages of a meal fits beautifully with the content of each segment and adds a playful element to a relentlessly demanding tale. I'm definitely curious about his other work.