Everyone will face the challenge of a painful discussion that has to take place, so everyone will relate to the tension that threatens to tear apart this dinner party. Interwoven masterfully are the courses of the meal, its light, if satirical chatter, and the heartwrenching feelings hiding just beneath the surface of each of the diners. No one is willing to open up the difficult discussion for which they have come together, for fear of what lies beneath the surface of the other diners' dinner conversation--but it will be opened up, scene by terrible scene, course by high-dollar course. The dinner has been orchestrated by the most public of the four diners--a candidate for public office--to discuss what is to be done about their sons who have been collared for crimes against people in the community. A friend commented to me that the "narrator is unreliable," to which I responded that life is like that--no one can reliably narrate his or her own drama. This sets the characters, as well as the reader, on edge.