Grace has not had twelve people at her table for a long time. Hers isn't the kind of family who share regular Sunday meals. But it isn't every day you turn seventy.
As Grace prepares the feast, she reflects on her life, her marriage and her friendships. When the three generations come together, simmering tensions from the past threaten to boil over. The one thing that no one can talk about is the one thing that no one can forget.
Grace's Table is a moving and often funny novel about the power of memory and the family rituals that define us.
Read Caroline Baum's Review
Grace is turning seventy and is having friends and family over for a celebratory meal. The preparation of the meal prompts a flood of memories and kitchen conversations as vegetables are peeled and ingredients prepared. The lovely simple gestures of cooking trigger intimate thoughts and memories. Emotions simmer as gravy is made. Piper captures all this with the deft touch of a home cook who understands the undercurrents that flavour the simplest domestic and social dynamics.
About the Author
Sally Piper is a former nurse and lived in the UK for nine years before returning to Brisbane to complete a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters’ Degree in Creative Writing at QUT, where she was supervised by Kristina Olsson.
She has had short stories, poetry and non-fiction articles published in Australia and the UK, appearing in writing journals, literary magazines and The Weekend Australian. She is the author of Grace's Table (UQP, 2014).
She currently lives in Brisbane with her husband and two sons.