Concealing the medical mistake that caused the death of a famous actor, Dr. Marc Schlosser gradually reveals the personal reasons he sought the victim's death, including an assault on the doctor's daughter. 150,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
Concealing the medical mistake that caused the death of a famous actor, Dr. Marc Schlosser gradually reveals the personal reasons why he sought the victim's death, including an assault on the doctor's daughter. - (Baker & Taylor)
The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instantNew York Times bestseller The Dinner.
When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.
It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.
Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon,Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest. - (Random House, Inc.)
Just as he did in his bestseller, The Dinner (2013), Dutch novelist Koch tells a sinister tale through the eyes of a questionable narrator. Marc Schlosser is a physician whose reputation as a concerned and thoughtful listener has brought him high-end clientele. One patient is Ralph Meier, an imposing theater actor suffering from terminal cancer. Marc assists him in his suicide in the opening pages and then looks back to share the events leading up to Ralph's death, beginning when Marc and his wife, Carolyn, attend a performance of Ralph's. The actor and his wife, Judith, invite Marc, Carolyn, and their two daughters to spend some time at their summer house with them and their sons. Though Carolyn is put off by the way Ralph looks at her, Marc's attraction to Judith ultimately leads to the Schlossers accepting the Meiers' offer. The decision has devastating repercussions for both families. It's a slow burn, but Koch's deft and nuanced exploration of gender, guilt, and vengeance make his second novel to be translated into English an absorbing read. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
Dutch author Koch made his name with his sixth novel, The Dinner, an international best seller that hit the New York Times best sellers list, and this new book recalls his big success in plot and feel. Dr. Marc Schlosser is responsible for the death of famed actor Ralph Meier, though it only appears to be medical malpractice. When Marc's family stayed at Ralph's extravagant Mediterranean summer house, Marc's eldest daughter was raped, and the distraught doctor suspects either Ralph or film director Stanley Forbes, also a guest at the time. Koch's new book has sold 300,000 copies in Holland alone, and, interestingly, readers abroad seem either to love it or to hate it.
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English-language readers were first exposed to Dutch author Koch's work last year with the release of The Dinner, a best seller currently being adapted into a film. Koch's wry wit and sardonic approach to marriage and children transformed a grisly act of violence into fodder for parental and ethical contemplation. Here, he once again probes the limits of parental protection. Dr. Marc Schlosser is a general physician with a client list of celebrities. When the opportunity arises, Marc takes his family on vacation with a patient and his group of friends. However, the holiday ends abruptly when tragedy befalls one of Marc's children. Exploring a number of radical hypothetical possibilities—and imagined revenge plots—Marc and his wife are ultimately left with more questions than answers. At the heart of the novel's darkness is Marc's ethical dubiousness, infidelity, and misunderstanding of fatherhood. VERDICT As in The Dinner, Koch continues to illuminate ways in which our Freudian unconscious takes dreadful revenge on the ego, often disproportionate to the perceived slight. [See Prepub Alert, 12/16/13.]—Joshua Finnell, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH
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