Sarah Gilmartin Dinner Party: A Tragedy


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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.

About the Author

Sarah Gilmartin is an arts journalist who reviews debut fiction for the Irish Times as well as a prize-winning writer of short stories. She is co-editor of the anthology Stinging Fly Stories (2018) and has just completed an MFA in University College Dublin. She recently won Best Playwright for her short play Match at the Short+Sweet Dublin festival. Her short stories have been listed for the Sean O'Faolain Short Story Award, the RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Award and Hennessy New Irish Writing. Her story The Wife won the 2020 Mairtin Crawford Award at Belfast Book Festival in June. Earlier this year, Sarah received a bursary for her novel-in-progress from the Arts Council of Ireland.

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'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


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