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Kate meticulously plans a dinner to mark the anniversary of a death in the family, from the fancy table setting to the perfect baked alaska waiting in the freezer. But by the end of the night, dessert is in the bin, the guests are gone, and Kate is spinning out of control.

Set over four periods from the 1990s to the present day, between Carlow and Dublin, the family farmhouse and Trinity College, Dinner Party is a beautifully observed, dark and twisty novel that thrillingly unravels into past family secrets and tragedy. Kate is coming to terms both with what it means to be a survivor, as well as a longstanding battle with anorexia.

Haunting and unforgettable, Dinner Party explores, in searing detail, how the past informs the present, the inevitability of childhood damage resurfacing in later life - and yet, how despite everything, we can't help returning home.

'It's a pleasure to be had on the very first page of Gilmartin's stunning novel. Taut, compelling, Enright-esque' - Meg Mason, author of SORROW AND BLISS
 
 

Review

'A classic Irish family saga, butterflied fearlessly, diced finely, and served up anew, achieving epic proportions from the most intimate of settings. Dinner Party: A Tragedy heralds a blazing new talent in Irish fiction' - Gavin Corbett

'Sarah Gilmartin is a natural writer: she gives us terrific, complex characters and strong themes, in prose that is easy, fluent and charged with insight' - Anne Enright, Booker Prize-winning author of THE GATHERING


'Sarah Gilmartin's depiction of an Irish family across the decades leaves the reader in no doubt how complicated love can be. A brilliant debut' - John Boyne, bestselling author of THE HEART'S INVISIBLE FURIES


'I loved her clean, forensic writing. Gilmartin is clearly a writer to watch' - Clare Chambers, author of Women's Prize Longlisted SMALL PLEASURES


'Astutely captures the claustrophobia of Irish families - disappointments, rivalry and the need to make everyone happy' - Sinead Gleeson, author of CONSTELLATIONS


'An immensely powerful debut novel from a writer here to stay. Sarah Gilmartin is a really wonderful storyteller' - Joseph O'Connor, bestselling author of STAR OF THE SEA


'Gilmartin has a forensic eye for the little moments and mumbled asides which reveal both her character's faults and strengths. She writes sharply and cleanly but always with a degree of compassion' - Jan Carson, author of THE FIRESTARTERS


'Stylish and funny, acutely attentive to the painful dynamics of family, Dinner Party is a good book and an exceptional first novel from a gifted writer' - Conor O'Callaghan, author of WE ARE NOT IN THE WORLD


'A different kind of modern Irish novel [...] it made me think of Belinda McKeon or Anne Enright [...] It's a really open-hearted, compassionate book shaped by tragedies and the subdued, but finally warm, survival instinct of one family in the face of tragedy' - Niamh Campbell, author of THIS HAPPY

About the Author

SARAH GILMARTIN is a critic who reviews fiction for the Irish Times. She is co-editor of the anthology Stinging Fly Stories and has an MFA from University College Dublin. She won Best Playwright at the inaugural Short+Sweet Dublin festival. Her short stories have been published in The Dublin Review, New Irish Writing and shortlisted for the RTÉ Francis MacManus Short Story Award. Her story 'The Wife' won the 2020 Máirtín Crawford Award at Belfast Book Festival.

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  • ISBN: 9781911590613
  • Author: Sarah Gilmartin
  • Publisher: One
  • Pages: 272
  • Format: Paperback

Book Description

Kate meticulously plans a dinner to mark the anniversary of a death in the family, from the fancy table setting to the perfect baked alaska waiting in the freezer. But by the end of the night, dessert is in the bin, the guests are gone, and Kate is spinning out of control.

Set over four periods from the 1990s to the present day, between Carlow and Dublin, the family farmhouse and Trinity College, Dinner Party is a beautifully observed, dark and twisty novel that thrillingly unravels into past family secrets and tragedy. Kate is coming to terms both with what it means to be a survivor, as well as a longstanding battle with anorexia.

Haunting and unforgettable, Dinner Party explores, in searing detail, how the past informs the present, the inevitability of childhood damage resurfacing in later life - and yet, how despite everything, we can't help returning home.

'It's a pleasure to be had on the very first page of Gilmartin's stunning novel. Taut, compelling, Enright-esque' - Meg Mason, author of SORROW AND BLISS
 
 

Review

'A classic Irish family saga, butterflied fearlessly, diced finely, and served up anew, achieving epic proportions from the most intimate of settings. Dinner Party: A Tragedy heralds a blazing new talent in Irish fiction' - Gavin Corbett

'Sarah Gilmartin is a natural writer: she gives us terrific, complex characters and strong themes, in prose that is easy, fluent and charged with insight' - Anne Enright, Booker Prize-winning author of THE GATHERING


'Sarah Gilmartin's depiction of an Irish family across the decades leaves the reader in no doubt how complicated love can be. A brilliant debut' - John Boyne, bestselling author of THE HEART'S INVISIBLE FURIES


'I loved her clean, forensic writing. Gilmartin is clearly a writer to watch' - Clare Chambers, author of Women's Prize Longlisted SMALL PLEASURES


'Astutely captures the claustrophobia of Irish families - disappointments, rivalry and the need to make everyone happy' - Sinead Gleeson, author of CONSTELLATIONS


'An immensely powerful debut novel from a writer here to stay. Sarah Gilmartin is a really wonderful storyteller' - Joseph O'Connor, bestselling author of STAR OF THE SEA


'Gilmartin has a forensic eye for the little moments and mumbled asides which reveal both her character's faults and strengths. She writes sharply and cleanly but always with a degree of compassion' - Jan Carson, author of THE FIRESTARTERS


'Stylish and funny, acutely attentive to the painful dynamics of family, Dinner Party is a good book and an exceptional first novel from a gifted writer' - Conor O'Callaghan, author of WE ARE NOT IN THE WORLD


'A different kind of modern Irish novel [...] it made me think of Belinda McKeon or Anne Enright [...] It's a really open-hearted, compassionate book shaped by tragedies and the subdued, but finally warm, survival instinct of one family in the face of tragedy' - Niamh Campbell, author of THIS HAPPY

About the Author

SARAH GILMARTIN is a critic who reviews fiction for the Irish Times. She is co-editor of the anthology Stinging Fly Stories and has an MFA from University College Dublin. She won Best Playwright at the inaugural Short+Sweet Dublin festival. Her short stories have been published in The Dublin Review, New Irish Writing and shortlisted for the RTÉ Francis MacManus Short Story Award. Her story 'The Wife' won the 2020 Máirtín Crawford Award at Belfast Book Festival.

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