Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant Paperback – 17 Sep 1992
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"Her best novel" (Guardian)
"Anne Tyler is a brilliant writer" (Observer)
"A book to be settled into fully, tomorrow be damned. Funny, heart-hammering, wise…superb" (New York Times Book Review)
"The most impressive American novelist of her generation" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Excellently done; the minutiae of domestic landscapes, the lunatic irrationality of family quarrels, the torments of sibling rivalry" (Sunday Telegraph)
From the Pulitzer prize-winning Sunday Times bestseller Anne Tyler. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is now re-jacketed along with the rest of Tyler’s books in striking new backlist styleSee all Product Description
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I have never yet read an Ann Tyler novel that disappoints and this is no exception. In her easy style she brilliantly exposes the reality beneath the outer skin. Her characters are so real, you can almost touch them. Sometimes you want to hug them; at other times you want to wring their necks!
Was Pearl a good mother? The answer, as in all Ann Tyler's novels, is yes and no. She did what she thought was best in the circumstances. And is this family any happier or more damaged than any other? The answer again is more complex than any other novel I have read. But this is not a heavy read. It is witty, funny, but above all, true. Wonderful.
Strong-minded, single mother, Pearl Tull, and her children - Cody, Ezra and Jenny, meet infrequently over the years at Ezra's 'Homesick' restaurant but their meals aren't joyful family reunions and as differences come to a head there's always an argument or upset of some kind.
Tyler tells the story from the perspectives of Pearl, her children and later, grandchildren, so no-one's point of view is ever presented as right - there are no bad characters, simply sympathetic people who see things in their own way.
Even Beck, Pearl's runaway husband, whose character is defined by his absence from the family is ultimately allowed his own say on the family and his life.
Along with The Accidental Tourist, this is one of my favourite Anne Tyler novels. Her books are neither too long or too short, the stories are told with a wry humour and she has an emotional intelligence that enables the reader to see her characters as real, complex personalities.
But to me this book seems more like an experiment she unwisely indulged in. Once again she starts off with her usual 'ordinary people' - only this time she decided to let them all slide downhill while we, the readers, are obliged to follow along dismally as their lives become ever more hopeless and 'Jonah-like' with each new chapter. There simply isn't a cheerful or uplifting moment in the entire book ! To my eyes, the experiment was a complete flop ... because there's just NO FUN in it, anywhere.
In my opinion, if you really want to experience the genius of Anne Tyler, do "NOT" start here. Try "A Patchwork Planet", or "Earthly Possessions", or "Saint Maybe", or "The Accidental Tourist". There are so many, much better books of hers to choose from - most being quite the opposite of this depressing tale .
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This book is well written, in that it travels through the years, each chapter told through the eyes of different family members. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Chris M
I am enjoying this book, no murders or people missing and no sex for a change ! Just family getting on, or not.Published 22 days ago by Honeypot
When I finished this book pictures of Edward Hopper "flashed" into my mind. I have no desire to read more books written by the same author! Dreary.Published 2 months ago by Mrs A. HPD
You can always count on Tyler for a novel that hits just the right note.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer