Despite my despair with reading Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland, I quickly reprised my role as an engaged and excited reader with Herman Koch's The Dinner. Within 24 hours, I had finished this Dutch-in-translation novel. It's a quick read. It's not very long. It feels almost like an extended short story, a novella. The story is so tight and there is little foreground action, but so very much is going on.