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

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

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And I didn't think the Lucy/Jamie relationship- which had been going on for ten years - made sense given that he was so lukewarm about the relationship. Nicole starts to revisit in her mind an old relationship that ended badly, and begins to rely on alcohol more and more to get through the day. Compelling, immersive, often relatable, sometimes less so (wait til you get to the part where Nicole is with her boss after a night out! Set in 2018, Claire Powell’s beautifully observed debut novel follows each member of the Maguire family over a tumultuous year of lunches, dinners and drinks, as old conflicts arise and relationships are re-evaluated. This is a beautifully written, well paced story of a family, trying their best to cope after a life changing event.

In the interactions between the family members, Claire Powell has a way of showing how adults revert to childhood behaviour - acting out a role with other family members that they may have been performing for years (perhaps lacking the ability and self belief to move on? Laika, the youngest, retreats into a contactless digital life, designing the trading algorithms that will ultimately prove his downfall in a condo near Wall Street. Thirteen days before they are due to be married, Kit reveals an awful truth, cracking the facade Piglet has created.Each chapter has a meal (or drink, lots of drinks) and Claire Powell's writing and characters are funny and heartbreaking and moreish . 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 neighborhood looks different too, but she’s still the same woman and it’s still the same place, and as the past erupts into view, they slowly collide. this was easy enough to read and has some excellent isolated scenes (particularly love the blow job in the office! I’ve read a lot of books about women struggling through their twenties, this is a book about the whole family struggling through life - and it is stunning.

Gerry's character is also from the same town in Northern Ireland as me, which I was so excited to see represented, that may have played a little part in my overall enjoyment of this novel! But as the siblings grapple with the pressures of thirtysomething life, their parents struggle to protect the fragile façade of their own relationship, and the secrets they've both been keeping.

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. Also the descriptions of the ingredients in the meals didn’t always add anything- just tedious padding.This is such a real portrayal of family life, warts and all, that it took my breath away with its accuracy. Painfully funny, acutely well-observed, powerfully resonant in its humanity and emotional accuracy . 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.

I think Powell has done a stellar job of portraying your average family dynamics; for the Maguires, it becomes obvious that so much has been left unsaid by all four of them, leading to misunderstandings and resentments building up. The concept is that a couple have decided to separate and their grownup children are struggling to deal with the changes that this will bring. Set over the course of one year, “At The Table” tells the story of the Maguire family, parents Gerry and Linda and their adult children Nicole and Jamie. By the end of the book I was just skimming the last few chapters wanting to be done with these tedious people and their dysfunction.Their lives have been marked by meals, and this focuses on a year in their lives at different moments. What sets At the Table apart is Powell's acute understanding not just of how we interact in the modern world. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts.

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