At the Reunion Buffet: An Isabel Dalhousie Story

At the Reunion Buffet: An Isabel Dalhousie Story

by Alexander McCall Smith

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A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection

In this warm, intelligently observed novella, Isabel Dalhousie, Alexander McCall Smith's wonderful heroine, learns valuable lessons about inviting the past (and everyone in it) back into your life.

Isabel Dalhousie--philosopher, mother and friend--has generously agreed to host the opening dinner for her school reunion weekend. Twenty-five former classmates will descend upon her home, bringing with them new names, new looks, and old reputations. While some will see the reunion as an opportunity to forge new friendships and reaffirm old ones, others aren't interested in changing their minds about the past. One particular classmate, Barbara Grant, was known as an especially mean girl who bullied the others relentlessly. As hostess, Isabel feels compelled to help her guests on the path toward reconciliation and forgiveness, but bitter feelings and long-held secrets threaten to derail her efforts entirely. With her trademark insight and compassion, Isabel Dalhousie may find a way to navigate these treacherous waters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101970461
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: A Vintage Short
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 60
Sales rank: 78,378
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and was a law professor at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

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At the Reunion Buffet: An Isabel Dalhousie Story 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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“…class reunions should not be marred by feelings of jealousy or triumph; should not be, yes, but she suspected that they often were. Class reunions were about curiosity; about satisfaction at the avoidance of the mistakes of one’s contemporaries, now revealed in their emerging life histories; about reflecting on the ravages – and injustices – of time; and of realising, perhaps, how strange and random are the twists and turns of fate” At The Reunion Buffet is an Isabel Dalhousie short story by Alexander McCall Smith. Isabel is hosting the inaugural party for her class reunion, and naturally, thoughts turn to certain classmates: the promiscuous girl and the bully in particular. As always, Isabel endeavours to be charitable when others are less so: “Tolerance: that was what was needed for class reunions, just as it was for everything else we did. Tolerance was like one of those soothing creams – it drew out inflammation, it did away with the pain”. But when she manages to facilitate the giving of mercy and forgiveness, she later wonders if she has been misled. And if it actually matters anyway. Another delightful dose of Dalhousie feelgood.