Families were like sand dunes, Grace decided. They shifted shape and position with even the gentlest of forces. Even a tiny puff – a shrug – could bring about change, move a handful of thoughts to a new understanding, a new authority. A gale, like today’s, and whole dunes – lives and futures – were relocated, reimagined.

About the book

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 long life, her marriage and her friendships. When the 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.

Australian edition (University of Queensland Press)

Australian edition (University of Queensland Press)


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A wise and tender novel about food, friendship and marriage.

- KRISTINA OLSSON, Author of Boy, Lost


Delightfully insightful … a highly credible and readable story…a work by a great new Australian author who writes with great insight and compassion.

- 5 Stars, Good Reading

[A]...beguiling novel. Grace's Table is involving, moving, amusing and genuinely entertaining.

- 4 Stars, Books+Publishing

An eminently readable first novel…Piper vividly brings this woman to life, and in doing so imparts some interesting commentary on everything from Australian small-town racism to the differences in women’s lives over four generations.

- ArtsHub

This is a wonderful book reflecting on love, relationships, friendship and all of it centred around food.

- The Big Book Club

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