Length: 272 Pages
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag meets Nora Ephron's Heartburn in this savagely funny and painfully truthful tale of hunger and friendship, bodies and the space they take up in the world.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GUARDIAN NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE 2019
'Daring, funny, humane, delightul. She's the real thing... This strange and impressive novel [is] the best on this year's shortlist' Guardian
'In the search for a new literary star, Lara Williams is the name that keeps cropping up' Stylist
'Outrageously good' Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure
Twenty-nine year old Roberta has spent her whole life hungry - until the day she invents Supper Club.
Supper Club is a secret society for hungry women. Women who are sick of bad men and bad sex, of hinted expectations to talk less, take less, be less. So they gather after dark and feast until they are sick. They drink and dance and roar. And, month by month, their bodies expand.
At the centre of the Supper Club stands Roberta - cynical yet anxious, precocious and lost. She is seeking the answer to a simple question: if you feed a starving woman, what will she grow into?
This is a story about the hunger that never goes away. And it is a story about the people who make us what we are - who lead us astray and ultimately save us. You look hungry. Join the club.
'The voice feels akin to Sally Rooney's: colloquial, precise, at once uneasy about its place in the world and determined to stand up for itself' Lara Feigel, Guardian
'Wise, generous, exquisite' Andrea Long Chu, The New York Times
'Utterly perfect on loneliness, isolation, friendship, love, appetite and body image' Marian Keyes
'The most visceral, satisfying, wildly indulgent thing I've read in years - about growing up and learning how to embody conflicting desires, as a woman and an animal. I adored Supper Club' Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals
'Fantastic. Funny and incisive with some of the best food writing I've read. I love it' - Caroline O'Donoghue, author of Promising Young Women
Length: 272 Pages
Exquisite. Wise and generous, subtle and superbly attentive... The food in this book eats you, imparting a depth of flavour that resurfaces stylishly when you least expect it
A radical retake on the notion that women must starve themselves to meet society's demands... Written with total glee and rollocking sense of unlimited possibility, Lara Williams is one to watch
Powerful and original, insightful and moving... The voice feels akin to Sally Rooney's: colloquial, precise, at once uneasy about its place in the world and determined to stand up for itself... Williams suggests convincingly that cooking is as rigorous and complex as any art form
Cool and knowing, jam-packed with cultural references, not to mention mouthwatering recipes... Kicks back against the degradations and appetite-shaming strictures of a notionally feminist age
Like Fight Club but with food... About rebellion and power and all the desires women have suppressed for so, so long
Supper Club will speak to parts of you that you didn't know were yearning. A thought-provoking read that will make you hungry for more
A smart, zeitgeisty, genuinely affecting coming-of-age-tale... Lara Williams is very much a talent in her own right
For reading while eating in the bath and licking your lips... There's no other book to read this month
Totally invigorating... With elements of Stephanie Danler's Sweetbitter, Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Phoebe Waller Bridge's Fleabag, Supper Club is a succulent, unapologetic celebration of female friendship, female rage, and female appetite
[A] delicious first novel... Williams writes with warmth, wit, and wisdom, serving up distinctive characters and a delectably unusual story. Supper Club will satisfy your craving for terrific writing and leave you hungry for more from this talented writer