Supper Club by Lara Williams

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 mindless job and reluctant to pursue her passion for food, she suppresse...

Details Supper Club

TitleSupper Club
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Feminism, Food and Drink, Food

Reviews Supper Club

  • Blair
    (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 explore 'coming of age' without telling the types of stories that have been written a million times. They're all very different, but I feel inclined to group them toge...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    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 take drugs. They dance. They trash their surroundings. They put on weight. They reclaim their appetites in every sense: indulging their hungers both literally and ...
  • Rebecca
    “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 artist and Roberta loves to cook; they decide to combine their talents and host Supper Clubs that allow emotionally damaged women to indulge their appetites. The po...
  • Sarah
    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 Original Play, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Animals and The New Me, other recent novels with (the very of the moment) "unlikeable female protagonist(s)". Of the...
  • Patricia Highsmith's Snail
    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 recipes at the start of each chapter were a good touch. Like Treats, her short story collection, much of the novel centres on bad and/or misguided hetero relationships...
  • Virginia
    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 out. All in the span of 10-ish years. This is a book I wish I read when I just graduated from college. I found a lot of myself in Roberta, the protagonist, and my h...
  • Marco
    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 not what you're getting here, or even a introspective story - this is more real than those fake books.Do you ever think sometimes the life you're living - you're liv...
  • Tess
    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.The idea of a feminist bacchanal is perhaps not the most original idea, but I truly appreciate the author’s attempt at making it current, wild, and urgent. Your he...
  • Tory
    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 is set) were overweight or obese. That statistic has only gone up. It's like getting a tattoo to be rebellious, except everyone is tattooed now. NOT getting a tatto...
  • Sian
    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 her pain that I cried through and I felt so incredibly understood. A wonderfully written book about a girl who just wants to be told what to do, only to realise th...
  • Coreena McBurnie
    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. The characters mostly annoyed me. I found the female friendships OK. The eating, drinking, doing drugs, etc to excess was difficult to read, but maybe that was the poin...
  • trisha
    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. and I found it uncomfortably lacking in the feminism for which she's reaching..
  • Red Newsom
    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.This is a story of flawed females, friendship and food. I imagine "fight club but with food" will be an easy-in descriptor for Supper Club. Ironically, I ate SO MUCH over...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    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's My Year of Rest and Relaxation
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    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. Their secret meetings provide a freedom that the women involved are all struggling to find in their daily lives. "Yet as the club expands, growing both in size and rebellio...
  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    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 wedding. It felt enormous and essential and transitory: this papier-mâché beast that we were trying to carve into form.Did I like this book? Or did I hate it? I'...
  • Drew
    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 feminist Fight Club thing, which IS present but this book isn't a thriller or anything pulse-pounding) -- but overall, I really found myself compelled by this novel. Wil...
  • Hannah England
    Fed up of being pushed to conform and keep quiet, Roberta and Stevie set up Supper Club; a club for women to eat and drink to excess, to gain weight if they wish to, and to behave in ways that society says they should not. Every woman at Supper Club has their own story to tell and their own reasons for wanting to join the club. From unhappy childhoods to abusive relationships, the women come together to celebrate themselves, their bodies and thei...
  • Beverly
    RTC. Some gorgeous writing but material flaws for me personally—the dumpster diving and Selfridge’s scenes were a bit much and undermined her feminist themes in my view.
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    Supper Club by Lara Williams is definitely not a mainstream "everyone will love it" book. I am putting it in the "difficult to love but I appreciate it" category, right alongside The Goldfinch and The Golden Child. Supper Club initially interested me in that the main storyline is about a secret society of women who gather to eat, but the book as a whole focuses on art; artistic expression; and women's relationships with food, friends, and lovers....
  • Siobhan
    Supper Club is is a riotous and cutting book about food, taking up space, and female friendship. Supper Club is started up by Roberta and Stevie for fellow hungry women, looking for a chance to eat and drink to excess and to exist in ways and places that society doesn't want. Roberta got into cooking at university, feeling alone and looking for something to take up her time, something to feel, but now, aged twenty-nine, she finally wants to revel...
  • Tara O'sullivan
    Supper Club is a bold and exciting and occasionally challenging book. It follows Roberta as she learns to push back and explore and accept her own identity, in partnership with a diverse group of women with one thing in common: Supper Club. Started by Roberta and her best friend Stevie, their anarchic feminist supper club is about taking up space, experiencing food, indulging and expressing themselves. Their hedonistic evenings are framed by a ba...
  • Kathy
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. First let me say, I do believe these (gastro-novels/foody novels) are quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. This one did not disappoint and I even learned several cooking tips - SCORE!However, the book is about much more than food. I found myself relating with the main character, Roberta, in her struggles to be accepted by others and mostly by herself. I dou...
  • Gigi
    Fucking loved it. Perfect for fans of Ottessa Moshfegh, Sally Rooney and Halle Butler, I wanted 500 more pages of its raw and powerful literary gluttony.
  • Ilyssa Wesche
    This was Fight Club meets Dietland, for me. I appreciated Roberta's inner struggle, but it was at times maddening, as we all can be. And I'm not necessarily sure the woman embraced their bodies other than when they were at Supper Club - which is okay, but it wasn't as transformative so much as following them on part of their journey.I did get a little lost sometimes, as the novel flows back and forth through time.
  • Susan Sherman
    Although an interesting concept, I found the execution sad. Do women need to take up more space or their own space? At times the book was confusing, but then it is a confusing time for most women. I want to thank Lara Williams for some of her sentences. They will stay with me for a long while
  • Niki
    I recieved an electronic copy of this book for my honest review "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?"This book was just okay for me. A 2.5 out of 5 stars. I may give it a re-visit in the future. Actually, I know I'll give it ano...
  • Danielle
    I absolutely loved Supper Club, it is filled with women that are learning to overcome the repression of a patriarchal society with the aim to break out of the societal norms and expectations, as well as the constructed female stereotypes. This is an uplifting novel, one where the women, especially the main protagonist Roberta, find their tribe and their own identity - they let loose, laugh and just live how they want to, over delicious homemade ...
  • Corina Romonti
    I'd say it's almost 3. I loved the concept but expected a lot more from it and it ended up not delivering.
  • Beth
    This feminist book about female friendships and taking up space in the world is full of lovely sensory detail and would be a good pick for fans of My Year of Rest and Relaxation.