Kim Moritsuguâ€™s six previously published novels include The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award), The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio), and The Oakdale Dinner Club. She recaps TV shows online as The Hungry Novelist and lives in Toronto.
The Oakdale Dinner Club
A cheating spouse sparks the creation of a monthly dinner club as the heroine attempts to have an affair of her own.
After Mary Annâ€™s husband cheats on her, the suburban mom decides to have her own affair. She starts up a neighbourhood dinner club as a cover and invites three men she has earmarked as potential lovers. Along for the ride is her best friend, Alice, who has recently returned with her young daughter to Oakdale, the cozy bedroom community where the two women grew up and briefly shared a telepathic past.
Over good food and wine, new friendships develop, new dreams simmer, Mary Ann pursues her affair candidates, and Alice opens her heart and mind to ways out of her single-working-mother social rut. The stars align on the night the core dinner club members consume an aphrodisiac, go to a local dive bar, hit the dance floor, and rock their worlds.
Appetizing fare for readers who like their fiction sharp and witty with a strong dash of spice, The Oakdale Dinner Club is a suburban comedy of manners that proves itâ€™s never too late to start over.
"Witty, smart, sarcastic, The Oakdale Dinner Club is a compelling read."
"I had no idea that reading could be so much fun! This novel is a delicious rompÂ â€”Â social satire blended nicely with food and sex, a wonderfully wicked combo."
. . . The Oakdale Dinner Club is light and entertaining and goes down as smoothly as the free-flowing dinner-party wine.
Under the authorâ€™s deft pen, her small community comes to life; her plot weaves back and forth through time with skill . . . Readers familiar with the author's previous novels (The Glenwood Treasure) will find this equally skillful.
The Oakdale Dinner Club, Toronto writer Kim Moritsugu's clever sixth novel, is sheer entertainment from beginning to end. Her likable characters, restless in a 21st-century way, not to mention Mary Ann's nutty schemes, have the reader cheering them on. Indeed, their new pursuits could be worthy of a sequel.