Christmas Dinner is the finale of the Hattiesville Trilogy. It picks up immediately where the second episode ends. The first installment, The Wedding Party, introduces the readers to the characters and the fictional town of Hattiesville, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. It ends with an unanswered question and disturbing news. Absent… One from Another picks up three years later, answers the question, and introduces a few new characters whose lives are entangled in the lives of characters we already know.