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At the Table: a Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year

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A character explicitly tells one of the protagonists that he’s about to show her a video of his kid. Her short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and in 2017 she won the Harper's Bazaar short story contest.

Jedyne określenie jakie przychodzi mi do głowy to że ta książka jest bardzo płaska, bohaterowie też, niby coś się dzieje ale jakby nic. Hardworking – and hard-drinking – Nicole pursues the ex she unceremoniously dumped six years ago, while people-pleasing Jamie fears he’s sleepwalking into a marriage he doesn’t actually want.Trochę wynika to z faktu, że chociaż rodzeństwo jest niewiele starsze ode mnie, ciężko było mi zrozumieć ich reakcje. This is beautifully observed and will be familiar to anyone who is a mother or a daughter - the compliments, the nagging and the antagonising - the done in just a few words with the conversation moving quickly on. The lives of Rafiq’s three children becoming increasingly dependent on their relationship to money:Siver, the only daughter, escapes into an unhappy marriage in Baghdad before fleeing to raise her daughter as a single mother in Dubai. As readers we go from being zoomed into the individual characters' minds and lives and then suddenly being shut out when their situation comes to a head.

This is a beautifully written, well paced story of a family, trying their best to cope after a life changing event. Nicole immediately takes her father’s side and refuses to speak to Linda, while her hard-partying and drinking start to catch up with her. The simple details of everyday life are just spot on every time and you could feel the ups and downs and anxieties of each character.

An unpleasant story about nasty people being horrible to each other and those they come into contact with. A gripping yet tender depiction of family dynamics, love and disillusionment, At the Table is about what it means to grow up – both as an individual, and as a family. When Gerry and Linda announce their separation after over thirty years of marriage the family are plunged into turmoil.

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