Five Novels That Serve Up Thanksgiving Dinners

Thanksgiving Night, by Richard Bausch. It's fall, 1999, in a small Virginia town. In his signature sensitive way, Bausch winds together the stories of an enormous cast of characters, some tragic, some comically eccentric.

A Patchwork Planet, by Anne Tyler. Several Tyler novels would fit on this list -- she loves meals and holidays -- but this one includes a great potluck Thanksgiving dinner (sans turkey).

The Lay of the Land, by Richard Ford. In the final volume of Ford's "Sportswriter" trilogy, Frank's Thanksgiving doesn't look too promising. His wife has left him, he has cancer, he hates his daughter's boyfriend, and George Bush is stealing the election.

The Ghost at the Table, by Suzanne Berne. Cynthia doesn't want to come home to Concord, Mass., for Thanksgiving, but her sister guilts her into it. A witty, wise novel about the way we try to force our visions of the perfect holiday onto each other.

Model Behavior, by Jay McInerney. More great satire of Manhattan wannabes. Includes a particularly disastrous Thanksgiving dinner at a swanky restaurant.

Any dishes I forgot to bring?

-- Ron Charles

By Ron Charles |  November 27, 2008; 7:02 AM ET Fiction , Ron Charles
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