Prosaic family drama with a twist that comes too late

THE GHOST AT THE TABLE - By Suzanne Berne, Penguin, €23.50

21st October, 2006

Dysfunctional families are easy to sympathise with, but difficult to get excited by.

With such recent accomplished tales of inter-generational woe as Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections or Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, the benchmark for modern family tragedy has shifted far from the pedestrian concerns of parents and children who just don’t get along.

In The Ghost at the Table, former Orange Prize winner Suzanne Berne...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

The year in review

Legacy Richie Oakley 1 year ago

Newsround: What Thursday’s papers say

Legacy Leanna Byrne 5 years ago

More cycle routes, expansion of Luas to Bray and new bus network proposed

Legacy Digital Desk 5 years ago