The Dinner List

by Rebecca Serle | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1250295203 Global Overview for this book
Registered by kaila-ann of Galivants Ferry, South Carolina USA on 5/24/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by kaila-ann from Galivants Ferry, South Carolina USA on Friday, May 24, 2019
Bought at a cute little second hand book store in Fargo, ND.

Journal Entry 2 by kaila-ann at Galivants Ferry, South Carolina USA on Monday, July 15, 2019
I finished this in one day. On the surface it’s a story about Sabrina and her 30th birthday dinner with her theoretical dinner list companions. I went into this thinking that it would be a light, fluffy read. Then I was concerned that i wasn’t going to like the main character. I ended up being wrong on both counts. It’s a story of love, loss and beautiful second chances.

Journal Entry 3 by kaila-ann at -- By post or by hand --, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (7/23/2019 UTC) at -- By post or by hand --, South Carolina USA

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On its way as part of the wishlist Tag game- hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 4 by Queen72 at Hobbs, New Mexico USA on Monday, July 29, 2019
Thanks for sending this book to me!

Journal Entry 5 by Queen72 at Hobbs, New Mexico USA on Tuesday, June 16, 2020
A wonderful book about finding closure and moving on. This book is based on the premise of picking five people, dead or alive, to have dinner with. Sabrina's ultimate dinner party comes to fruition for her 30th birthday. All five guests represent a part of her psyche to help her deal with a painful breakup and I really enjoyed this book. It was so much deeper that I thought it would be.

Journal Entry 6 by Queen72 at Hobbs, New Mexico USA on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Released 9 mos ago (6/25/2020 UTC) at Hobbs, New Mexico USA

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I sent this book to GoryDetails in relation to the 2020 USA & Canada Wishlist Tag Game .

Journal Entry 7 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The book arrived safely on this rainy day; many thanks!

Journal Entry 8 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, February 25, 2021
This was... not at all what I expected, and in a good way! An odd mix of surreal, introspective, and touching, with elements of regret for past choices, grief over losses (opportunities, futures, people), and a strong sense of the value of friends (old and new).

From the premise - woman has 30th-birthday dinner with the five people she'd put on a "most want to have dinner with" list a decade before. Since one of those people is Audrey Hepburn it's pretty clear that something's a bit odd here: at first I wondered if "Audrey" was going to turn out to be an impersonator (which would have been an interesting twist in its own right), but not so - and she's not the only guest who's dead, so... yeah. One could put it all down to an intense hallucination on the part of our protagonist, who has issues over her relationships with several of the attendees, or one could happily accept the departure-from-reality and roll with it. [I'm on the side of the Red Queen, who could "believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast" {wry grin}.]

The story unfolds in alternating sections - the dinner itself and the conversation around the table, and the looks into the past as Sabrina recalls early days with her best friend Jessica, her long-disappeared father Robert, her college professor Conrad, and her ex-lover Tobias - and the ways in which Audrey H. influenced her life (including the fact that her parents named her for a famed Hepburn character).

It seemed clear early on that the point of the evening was to get Sabrina to deal with past issues, possibly to forgive or at least come to some level of detente about wounded feelings and broken relationships, and maybe even to renew some close ties. Whether and in what form these resolutions take - that's part of the charm of the novel, along with a lot of introspection as the characters' stories triggered memories of past relationships of my own. Paths not taken, choices we might like to un-make - and perhaps the decision to be content with what can't be changed and to work a bit harder at those that can still be affected...

Journal Entry 9 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, 214 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (2/26/2021 UTC) at Little Free Library, 214 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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Guidelines for safely visiting and stocking Little Free Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the LFL site here.

I left this book in the Little Free Library outside the Church of the Good Shepherd; hope someone enjoys it!

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