A Q&A with Kim Moritsugu

A Q&A with Kim Moritsugu

Posted on March 31 by Kyle in Fiction
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Tell us about your book:

The Oakdale Dinner Club is a comedy of manners about a group of people who start up a monthly dinner club in a leafy commuter town. Food, sex, humour, a little telepathy – the novel has them all, and would make a great summer or vacation read.


How did you come up with the idea for this work?

My previous five novels have all been stories told in the first person by a single main character. This time out, I wanted to write an ensemble piece about several characters with intersecting plot lines, in the vein of Maeve Binchy’s fiction – especially Evening Class, my favorite of hers. To put my own spin on the form, I worked in plenty of good food angle, and tried to inject some irreverent humour.


Did you have a specific readership in mind when you wrote your book?

I hoped to attract people who like Maeve Binchy’s books, heh heh. And food lovers looking for an entertaining read about suburban social shenanigans. And people who like soapy TV dramedies.


In your own work, which character are you most attached to, and why?

There’s a character in every one of my novels who acts as my stand-in and makes wry commentary on the action. In this novel, that character is Alice Maeda, a half-Asian university lecturer and single mom who gets dragooned into joining the dinner club by her long-time and sometimes maddening friend Mary Ann Gray.


What are you reading right now?

I just finished reading a psychological thriller called Before Me Met by Lucie Whitehouse, I’m currently reading B.J. Novak’s comic story collection One More Thing, and on my next-to-read list are the novels Longbourn by Jo Baker and Alena by Rachel Pastan.