At the Table (Hardback)
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At the Table (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 31/03/2022
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Set across 12 months of increasingly combustible meals and drinks gatherings, Powell's witty and relatable debut novel picks apart the complexities of family dynamics with scalpel sharp aplomb.

To Nicole and Jamie Maguire, their parents seem the ideal couple - a suburban double act, happily married for more than thirty years. So when Linda and Gerry announce that they've decided to separate, the news sends shockwaves through the siblings' lives, forcing them to confront their own expectations and desires.

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. But as the siblings grapple with the pressures of thirtysomething life, their parents struggle to protect the fragile facade of their own relationship, and the secrets they've both been keeping.

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. 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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349727042
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 566 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A lovely novel. I adored the precision with which these people are seen, and the exactness of the social setting. I found myself absorbed in them, caring about them, wanting them to do the right thing, and I was very sorry to leave them. It's a novel Elizabeth Taylor wouldn't wouldn't have minded writing, and there aren't enough of those around' - Philip Hensher

'A beautifully-written novel about what keeps a family together and what tears it apart' - Lissa Evans

'At the Table is a hugely intelligent, emotionally astute novel about family dynamics, and Claire Powell is an incredible new talent -- Marian Keyes

Painfully funny, acutely well-observed, powerfully resonant in its humanity and emotional accuracy. I missed this book whenever I wasn't reading it' - Luke Kennard

'A brilliant, coruscating depiction of dysfunctional family life. SO astute, on so many levels. I loved it' - Hannah Beckerman

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Nicole @hemelwstones

“A Cover Has Never Spoken To Me So Loudly About The Ordeal Of A Simple Family Meal”

Really liked this family with flaws novel
The son & daughter are in their 30s, parents late 50s
Each chapter is the family or one of them at a meal, having drinks where the story travels along after a big... More

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Pam Wright/Alfie Blue Puss In Books

“Loved loved”

At The Table follows the four members of the Maguire family over a year ,2018, of lunches, dinners and drinks. This a year of big changes starting with a belated Mother’s Day lunch where parents Linda and Gerry... More

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“Mealtime revelations. Cleverly realistic.”

I really enjoyed this book about a family slowly unravelling and denying the depths and truth of their fears and inability to manage these.
The parents separate, but why? The adult daughter drinks too much and makes... More

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