A Santa Fe birthday dinner party (with surprises of course) is the culmination of the novel Dinner in the Labyrinth; a gracefully written tale about pedigreed families with dark secrets, forbidden loves, and deep wounds that spread like faint spider webs across the generations. The calm objectivity of the prose, jumping back and forth in time, heightens the tension in this novel of manners and keeps one turning the two hundred and some pages. Douglas Atwill, the book’s author, is a well-known Santa Fe artist and is particularly skilled in describing the local art world, contemporary art history, and the granular life of everyday painting – and for that matter, writing. Atwill’s sketches of New Mexico throughout are a real treat. All are welcome – no reservation is required.