Monday, June 1, 2015

The five most disastrous dinner parties in fiction

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and We Are Not Good People from Pocket/Gallery. He has published over thirty short stories as well.

At B & N Reads Somers tagged the five most disastrous dinner parties in fiction, including:
The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick

Quick’s funny and heartbreaking (and ultimately inspiring) novel has a crackling energy throughout, but never more so than in the awful dinner party thrown in order for Pat and Tiffany, two people no one knows what to do with, to meet. Pat, so deeply in denial he doesn’t even realize how off-putting his behavior is, creates sparks with Tiffany, whose anger almost burns the pages—but they’re not (yet) the right kind of sparks. If you’ve ever had the sense the hosts of a party are split on whether or not the guests are actually welcome, you’ll recognize the tension running through this scene, and appreciate the dark humor Quick mines from it.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Silver Linings Playbook is among Lauren Passell's top eleven Manic Pixie Dream Girls in fiction, Jill Halfpenny's six best books, the Barnes & Noble Review's five top books on football, and the eight book adaptations that won 2013 Golden Globe awards.

The Page 69 Test: The Silver Linings Playbook.

--Marshal Zeringue