Supper Club

Supper Club

A sharply intelligent and intimate debut novel about a secret society of hungry young women who meet after dark and feast to reclaim their appetites--and their physical spaces--that posits the question: if you feed a starving woman, what will she grow into? Roberta spends her life trying not to take up space. At almost thirty, she is adrift and alienated from life. Stuck in A sharply intelligent and intimate debut novel about a secret society of hungry young women who meet after dark and f...

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Title:Supper Club
Author:Lara Williams
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Supper Club
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:293 pages pages

Supper Club Reviews

  • Blair
    Jun 15, 2019
    (4.5) There's something in the water in 2019. It's been a bumper year for books by and about young women, books that talk about contemporary life in smart, fresh, subversive ways while remaining relatable. These books embrace feminism without taking the tedious dystopia route. They exp...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Jul 21, 2019
    This evocative novel is built around such a fierce and exciting premise: a group of women hungry for something more in their lives form a secret society called the Supper Club, where they get together every few weeks and feast on decadent foods all night long until they?re sick. They...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Jan 22, 2019
    Interesting concept. The disaffected millennial woman trying to figure out her place in the world when society is telling her she's living in a post-feminist world, but her lived experience is telling her something different. For fans of Sarai Walker's Dietland and Ottessa Moshfegh...
  • Red Newsom
    May 27, 2019
    I'm that sort of idiot who will pause mid-paragraph to take a photo of a particularly nice sentence. With Supper Club gave up snapping a few pages in, because the writing is so consistently good; everything means something, there's nothing lazy or slapdash. All killer, no filler. Th...
  • Sophie
    Aug 12, 2019
    DNF at 53% I loved this at first, but it just got irritating and a bit tiresome for me. It?s such a shame as I wanted, and expected, to love this a whole lot. ...
  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    Jul 09, 2019
    Those evenings, sitting on the living-room floor, laptops to our sides and an array of paper scattered across the floor, drinking wine and listening to music, were suffused with a warmth like nothing else I'd ever felt. I thought of it as the same feeling people get when planning their...
  • Tess
    May 13, 2019
    A beautiful, thrilling piece of fiction from an amazing author. SUPPER CLUB was not easy to get through, but it was worth the journey. I would call it a complicated piece of feminist literature, and would be very interested to see what other, smarter people think of it in that regard. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 26, 2019
    When describing what Supper Club is about - women seeking to have a positive relationship with food and their bodies, female friendships, women who want to take up space and reclaim their bodies, bodies which men have often taken advantage of. I've seen comparisons made to Fleabag: The...
  • Drew
    Jun 11, 2019
    There's a small distance in this book between reader and prose, one that occasionally bothered me -- and the promise of the Supper Club ends up being backgrounded to an individual woman's grappling with sexual trauma and friendship and ~life~ (I went in hoping for a bit more of a femin...
  • Makenzie
    Aug 04, 2019
    A less nihilistic, but more relatable (and therefore more upsetting) version of Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation. It's the sort of book I wish had existed when I was 15, although I probably would've been horrified by it. Normally I'm more resigned about the degree to w...
  • Coreena McBurnie
    Jun 07, 2019
    I loved the premise of this book -- about women taking up space, finding out what they really want, not changing themselves for someone else, growing into who they want to be. And there is this in Supper Club. Still, the execution did not work for me. I did not like this book much....
  • Patricia Highsmith's Snail
    Jul 06, 2019
    I enjoyed this - some really great lines and never boring. I'm not sure that the supper club premise was as developed as it could have been but it all comes together in the end, with the parallel timelines of the narrator's present and her college years satisfyingly converging. The rec...
  • Eleanor
    Jul 24, 2019
    As excellent as I expected from the author of the short story ?Treats?, which smacked me around the face when I read it in Best British Short Stories of 2017. I sort of thought this might be predictable (wild women, eating as resistance, awkward sexual interactions, all that stuff ...
  • Rebecca
    Jun 27, 2019
    ?What could violate social convention more than women coming together to indulge their hunger and take up space?? Roberta and Stevie become instant besties when Stevie is hired as an intern at the fashion website where Roberta has been a writer for four years. Stevie is a would-be ...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Jul 17, 2019
    Summary: The writing was clever and enjoyable, but the plot was a bit dark and ambiguous for me. This isn't your traditional supper club! Roberta starts the supper club with her friend Stevie as a way to push boundaries, break social conventions, and make space for themselves. Thei...
  • Sian
    May 14, 2019
    It's rare I give a book 5 stars nowadays but this book truly spoke to me. It felt like Fleabag but written about me, everything from the intense knowledge about food to the loneliness of feeling like you don't belong. I found so much of myself in Roberta that there were many moments of...
  • Lulufrances
    Aug 12, 2019
    I'm so sad I didn't bond with this book. It shouldn't have come as a surprise, seeing as Lara Williams' short story collection also wasn't entirely up my alley, just the individual sentences were rather lovely and well written, which made me want to try out a novel of hers and see if ...
  • Virginia
    Nov 05, 2018
    Wow. Just Wow. I really don?t know what I expected out of the book, but I?m really happy with what I came out with. This story was incredible. A true testament to the changing female identity from when you?re young and awkward to when you finally think you have your life figured ...
  • Tory
    Jan 24, 2019
    This book is structured around the premise that bucking beauty standards by pigging out and getting fat is revolutionary and a feminist protest -- except EVERYONE is overweight now. According to the WHO, in 2014 (five years ago at this point), 62% of adults in the UK (where this book ...
  • Alysia
    Sep 02, 2019
    This book has stayed with me after I read it. The premise, focusing on how women take up space, and its execution are just amazing. Williams is a fantastic author. Highly recommend. ...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Aug 26, 2019
    I?m really enjoying the female rage imbuing so much contemporary fiction. Here, Williams howls loudly about a woman?s place, what we hunger for and the space/s we occupy. I enjoyed every delicious morsel. The premise is two friends start a secret club where members gorge on food, d...
  • Georgia
    Jul 28, 2019
    First of all, this cover ? just look at it! The turquoise, the smushed blackberries ? why is it so visually appealing to me?! As you might guess, this is a book about food but it?s not one of those cutesy café stories (not that there?s anything wrong with those!), think mor...
  • Lotte
    Jul 14, 2019
    When I first heard about this book, I instantly fell in love with its premise (and its stunning cover). It sounds so interesting ? and it is! In the eponymous supper club, women meet to devour lavish meals together, to unapologetically feast and overindulge on food. By literally and...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Sep 06, 2019
    I read this book due to its shortlisting for the 2019 Guardian Not The Booker prize. I had previously read the author?s short story collection ?Treats? due to its shortlisting for the inaugural Republic of Consciousness prize. That book began (appropriately) with the excelle...
  • idiomatic
    Aug 02, 2019
    The sentences are occasionally "good" in an MFA sort of way but it is now my life's mission to find whoever decided to market as a bacchanal what is basically a pat and unchallenging fable about The Importance Of Female Friendships, pick them up by the hair, swing them around like the ...
  • trisha
    Jun 04, 2019
    I really didn't enjoy this book. I understood some of the points she was trying to make e.g. appreciating our bodies whatever the size. I thought the gorging and vomiting was disturbing and really unpleasant to read about. I feel she's missed the point she's seemingly trying to make. a...
  • Marco
    Jun 15, 2019
    Look, I've read the reviews so far - you either love it or you didn't. It's either 1/2 stars or 4/5. But I can tell you, you've never read a book like this before. And if you've ever had questions about where you fit in and how, you'll identify. This is not a "feel good" book, that's n...
  • Mel
    Aug 02, 2019
    Supper Club* combines the kind of no-nonsense, undulating prose of Ali Smith and Rachel Cusk and the ever-relatable characters of Sally Rooney with Ottessa Moshfegh's acceptable absurdity. The present chapters are broken up by flashbacks to Roberta?s teenage years, instructions for r...
  • Rachel Elizabeth
    Aug 04, 2019
    What a really, really good book. Honestly, this compares SO well with The Female Persuasion. So cleverly written, with a great intertwining of cooking details and smooth prose, and complex relationships. The only thing that kept thing from being a full five star rating was that the...
  • Kat
    Sep 02, 2019
    'He's got a real problem with Supper Club. Like, he said we think we're doing something really profound, but actually, we're doing something which is at best basic, and at worst, just really fucking bourgeoise and gross.' Page 98 of the UK paperback edition gives it all away. I...