THE DINNER PARTY ~
Book review and technical detail THE DINNER PARTY ~ Brenda Janowitz
|Technical detail of THE DINNER PARTY ~|
|Title||THE DINNER PARTY ~|
|Category||Fiction & Literature|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Griffin|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
This Passover, Sylvia Gold has alone one affair on her mind: how can she affect her youngest babe Becca’s new admirer and his family, an old-money cyberbanking absolutism that dates aback to New York’s gilded age? For abounding mothers it would accept been abundant to accept three healthy, acknowledged developed children, two of whom accept followed in their father’s footsteps and pursued careers in medicine. It would accept been abundant to accept an adherent bedmate who finds her social-climbing antics endearing. And it would accept been abundant to accept a admirable home in Greenwich, Connecticut, and appetite for nothing. But Sylvia has never been one to say dayenu, the acceptable Passover adoration of acknowledgment and contentment. The aberrant dame works herself into a agitation to win over abeyant ancestors Edmond and Ursella Rothchild and their awkward son, Henry. This does not sit able-bodied with babe Sarah, whose blue-collar boyfriend, Joe, has consistently been advised like chopped liver. Novelist Janowitz (Lonely Hearts Club, 2015, etc.) adds to the ancestors ball by ambience places at the Seder table for aberrant son Gideon and his abruptness fiancee, Malika, who's African-American, and for Joe’s bouncy mother, Valentina, whose bedmate is up the river—and not the Nile. With an categorical eye for detail, Janowitz cautiously creates scenarios and relationships so accurate that they're accompanying amusing and cringe-worthy. Equally acute is the casting of emotionally complex, nuanced characters who are adorable alike at their best exasperating. The alone shortcoming with this dramedy is that it finishes too quickly, the cessation account added like a affiliate catastrophe than the authoritativeness this account deserves. Despite its blitz to the end, this atypical delivers agitating accepted truths about familial adulation and battle in a adventure that will accept readers agilely axis every adorable page. Thoroughly kosher.
This Passover Seder is not just any Passover Seder. Yes, there will be a quick service and then a festive meal afterwards, but this night is different from all other nights. This will be the night the Golds of Greenwich meet the Rothschilds of New York City.The Rothschilds are the stuff of legends. They control banks, own vineyards in Napa, diamond mines in Africa, and even an organic farm somewhere in the Midwest that produces the most popular Romaine lettuce consumed in this country. And now, Sylvia Gold's daughter is dating one of them.When Sylvia finds out that her youngest of three is going to bring her new boyfriend to the Seder, she's giddy. When she finds out that his parents are coming, too, she darn near faints. Making a good impression is all she thinks about. Well, almost. She still has to consider her other daughter, Sarah, who'll be coming with her less than appropriate beau and his overly dramatic Italian mother. But the drama won't stop there. Because despite the food and the wine, despite the new linen and the fresh flowers, the holidays are about family. In Brenda Janowitz's The Dinner Party, long forgotten memories come to the surface. Old grievances play out. And Sylvia Gold has to learn how to let her family go.
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