In the tradition of Emma Straub and Tom Perrotta, three couples celebrate every birthday together at their favorite New England restaurant for decades until their lives unravel when one turns 40 and announces over dinner he wants a divorce. Each couple is forced to reexamine what's brought and kept them together—and whether their relationships are strong enough to survive infidelity, job loss, infertility, and the drudgery and demands of married life.
“It’s not often you find a book that so perfectly captures the messy complexities of modern mid-life marriages and manages to also be a riveting page turner, yet with Reservations for Six, Palmer somehow pulls it off. I inhaled this book in two days, but these six characters so fully came alive for me that I’ll be thinking about them for much, much longer. Absolutely brilliant.”
— Colleen Oakley, USA Today bestselling author of The Invisible Husband of Frick Island
“Six birthday-goers make reservations while having reservations in this falling dominos tale about the ins and outs of love. Thought-provoking and full of heart, a portrait of friendship, three marriages, and the importance of discovering one's true path through the myriad complexities of life. Not to miss!”
—Julie Valerie, author of Holly Banks Full of Angst
“It's often said that it’s impossible to know what’s really going on in someone else’s marriage, but you can get deliciously close in Reservations for Six, Lindsey Palmer’s smart, compelling and completely believable novel about three couples negotiating infertility, infidelity, and incompatibility between the sheets as they approach forty. With great wisdom and empathy—and well-placed shots of anger and humor—Palmer portrays the particularly tricky years of marriage that are the middle for some, but spell the end for others. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this ensemble of intelligent, well-meaning, and often confused friends as they struggled to know when to compromise and when to dare change.”
— Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party