‘Gilmartin is clearly a writer to watch’ Clare Chambers
‘The search is off – here is our next read. Here is an expert writer’ Meg Mason
‘Sarah Gilmartin gives us terrific, complex characters and strong themes, in prose that is charged with insight’ Anne Enright
Kate has taught herself to be careful, to be meticulous.
To mark the anniversary of a death in the family, she plans a dinner party – from the fancy table settings to the perfect Baked Alaska waiting in the freezer. Yet by the end of the night, old tensions have flared, the guests have fled, and Kate is spinning out of control.
But all we have is ourselves, her father once said, all we have is family.
Set between the 1990s and the present day, from a farmhouse in Carlow to Trinity College, Dublin, Dinner Party is a dark, sharply observed debut that thrillingly unravels into family secrets and tragedy.
As the past catches up with the present, Kate learns why, despite everything, we can’t help returning home.
A brilliant coming-of-age page-turner about the complications of sibling relationships and the trauma of family secrets, perfect for fans of Kate Atkinson, Maggie O’Farrell and Anne Enright
FURTHER PRAISE FOR DINNER PARTY
‘Gilmartin’s depiction of an Irish family across the decades leaves the reader in no doubt how complicated love can be’ John Boyne, author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies
‘A fresh, confident and compelling new take on sibling dynamics and family secrets that are never far from the surface’ Henrietta McKervey, author of A Talented Man
‘Sarah Gilmartin is a really wonderful storyteller. A writer here to stay’ Joseph O’Connor, bestselling author of Star of the Sea
‘A classic Irish family saga. . . A blazing new talent in Irish fiction’ Gavin Corbett, author of This is the Way
'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
'We readers know the particular pleasure of realising that the search is off - here is our next read. Here is an expert writer. And if this is a debut, then here is an author to watch. 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
'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
'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, author of THIS IS THE WAY'
An unravelling of tragedy that the reader watches in horror... Sarah Gilmartin's page-turning literary debut is a fresh, confident and compelling new take on sibling dynamics and the family secrets that are never far from the surface' - Henrietta McKervey, author of THE HEART OF EVERYTHING
'Dinner Party is a tense and thought-provoking novel about family; desires, frustrations and their undercurrents, the landmines that people fear they'll set off if they say the wrong thing and the irresistible urge, on occasion, to do just that. Beautifully written and highly accomplished, with evocative settings and characters which will stay with me for a long time. I loved it' - Andrea Carter, author of the INISHOWEN MYSTERIES
'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 beautifully observed, dark and twisty novel that thrillingly unravels into family secrets and tragedy' - Grazia
'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