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Fiction Contemporary Women

The Oakdale Dinner Club

by (author) Kim Moritsugu

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2014
Contemporary Women, Family Life, Literary
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A cheating spouse sparks the creation of a monthly dinner club as the heroine attempts to have an affair of her own.

After Mary Ann’s husband cheats on her, the suburban mom decides to have her own affair. She starts up a neighbourhood dinner club as a cover and invites three men she has earmarked as potential lovers. Along for the ride is her best friend, Alice, who has recently returned with her young daughter to Oakdale, the cozy bedroom community where the two women grew up and briefly shared a telepathic past.
Over good food and wine, new friendships develop, new dreams simmer, Mary Ann pursues her affair candidates, and Alice opens her heart and mind to ways out of her single-working-mother social rut. The stars align on the night the core dinner club members consume an aphrodisiac, go to a local dive bar, hit the dance floor, and rock their worlds.
Appetizing fare for readers who like their fiction sharp and witty with a strong dash of spice, The Oakdale Dinner Club is a suburban comedy of manners that proves it’s never too late to start over.


About the author

Kim Moritsugu was born in Toronto, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. She holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto, and worked for several years in a corporate setting before turning to the writing of fiction. She has taken hundreds of dance classes in her lifetime, and sometimes teaches hip-hop dance to children. She has written for CBC Radio, the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, and other publications.

Moritsugu's first novel, Looks Perfect (Goose Lane Editions, 1996), was shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award. Books in Canada called it `highly entertaining -- a romantic comedy with an edge` and the Toronto Star found its lead character `one of the most appealing heroines in current Canadian fiction`. Since then she has written three more novels. Kim Moritsugu lives in Toronto and, besides her own writing, also teaches creative writing at the Humber School for Writers.

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Editorial Reviews

The Oakdale Dinner Club, Toronto writer Kim Moritsugu's clever sixth novel, is sheer entertainment from beginning to end. Her likable characters, restless in a 21st-century way, not to mention Mary Ann's nutty schemes, have the reader cheering them on. Indeed, their new pursuits could be worthy of a sequel.

Waterloo Record

"I had no idea that reading could be so much fun! This novel is a delicious romp — social satire blended nicely with food and sex, a wonderfully wicked combo."

Isabel Huggan, author of Belonging: Home Away From Home

"Witty, smart, sarcastic, The Oakdale Dinner Club is a compelling read."

Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace and Empress of the Night

. . . The Oakdale Dinner Club is light and entertaining and goes down as smoothly as the free-flowing dinner-party wine.

Quill & Quire

Under the author’s deft pen, her small community comes to life; her plot weaves back and forth through time with skill . . . Readers familiar with the author's previous novels (The Glenwood Treasure) will find this equally skillful.

Publishers Weekly

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