Supper club is a novel based on a group of “hungry” women who meet in the night and feast on as much food as their hearts desire.
The book looks at the oppression of women by men, it indicates the saying “women belong in the kitchen” isn’t actually a simple activity. That cooking is a form of art at which Roberta feels very passionate for! So, Roberta and her friend Stevie create the ‘Supper Club’, a secret society for women ‘who are sick of bad men and bad sex’. They wreak havoc in the night when they arrange their Supper Clubs, they raid restaurant bins, and break into venues dancing, eating and drinking the night away. As they put on more and more weight and as their stomachs grow, so does their passion and their ambition for more!
This was a book club read for the Words Wine Wit Book Club for June (I did read it a little while ago, but have been a lil’ slow getting caught up on all of my reviews). When I brought the book, it sounded amazing, interesting and fun! The book is described as feminist and female empowering, but I unfortunately didn’t feel that it came across this way at all.
I felt as though the women were quite degrading to themselves and others. The impression I got from the description of the book that it was about empowerment and friendships, but the friendships were mediocre.
Throughout a lot of the book Roberta and Stevie aren’t actually friends anymore, mostly because Roberta is “all about her boyfriend”, rather than her friends and the Supper Club. So straight away Roberta has turned into one of “those girls” who are more invested in their relationships instead of their friendships. Also, with Stevie, I feel as though she gives up on hers and Roberta’s friendship so easily for someone who was supposedly her best friend.
Furthermore, I feel that it was perhaps oversold as a very empowering and feminist book, instead it was more of an everyday book.
I did feel as though the food descriptions throughout the book were really good and well thought out. It definitely makes you a little hungry whilst reading about some of the amazing food they delve into! A lot of “food for thought” you may say! Let me know if you’ve read this book and what your thoughts were!