If you enjoy romance and magical realism, this review of The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle gives you everything you need to know about this emotional and thought-provoking book. And because this is a book pairings blog “where books meet lifestyle,” I have also provided recommended lifestyle companions for you to enjoy with the book.
Review of The Dinner List
We’ve all contemplated our imaginary “dinner list” at some point — the five people living or dead, real or fictional, with whom you would like to share dinner. In the magical realism of one of my favorite love stories, The Dinner List, main character Sabrina’s dinner list guests actually arrive to share her thirtieth birthday dinner. There’s Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina’s estranged father, Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend, Sabrina’s best friend and Sabrina’s former professor.
It’s a unique premise:
‘We’ve been waiting for an hour.’ That’s what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That’s the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed.
As the guests pour wine and break bread, Sabrina tackles lingering issues from her past, particularly those with her estranged father and her ex-boyfriend, Tobias. Her best friend serves as the voice of reason to her emotional struggles, and it becomes clear that the point of this magical dinner is to help Sabrina comes to terms with her past.
There’s a dose of whimsy to The Dinner List, mixed with a dose of nostalgia and love that is real, complex and messy. Because, after all:
There is no simple beauty in perfection.
The Dinner List forces you to think about your own “dinner list,” which is revealing both who you are and in what ways you may need to come to terms with your own past.
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- I challenge you to think about your own “dinner list.” This would be a great bullet journal exercise. If you do it, tag me on Instagram (@bookish_jules) so I can see who you picked.
So, who are the five people on my dinner list?
My grandmother, with whom I shared a great bond but died before ever meeting my husband, who would also, naturally, be in my top 5.
Next, I would also pick Audrey Hepburn, as well as Mary Tyler Moore, who have both been the female icons that have inspired my daily life. From Audrey, I have aspired to the grace and simple truths and beauty of her surprisingly difficult life. And from Mary, I have learned that women can do what they set their minds to do. Simply put, the only way I was able to move to a big city by myself for my dream job was because I watched Mary do it on her show growing up.
Lastly, I would pick Anne Frank, who wrote with such wisdom beyond her years and zest and positive outlook on life, even in her darkest times. I would love to hear her insights and perceptions.
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