Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory. It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore’s Calvert Street, abandoning Pearl to raise their three children alone: Jenny, high-spirited and determined, nurturing to strangers but distant to those she loves; the older son, Cody, a wild and incorrigible youth possessed by the lure of power and money; and sweet, clumsy Ezra, Pearl’s favorite, who never stops yearning for the perfect family that could never be his own.
Now Pearl and her three grown children have gathered together again–with anger, hope, and a beautiful, harsh, and dazzling story to tell.
Praise for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
“Beautiful . . . funny, heart-hammering, wise . . . superb entertainment.”—The New York Times
“A book that should join those few that every literate person will have to read.”—The Boston Globe
“A novelist who knows what a proper story is . . . [Tyler is] not only a good and artful writer, but a wise one as well.”—Newsweek
“Anne Tyler is surely one of the most satisfying novelists working in America today.”—Chicago Tribune
“In her ninth novel she has arrived at a new level of power.”—John Updike, The New Yorker
“Marvelous, astringent, hilarious, [and] strewn with the banana peels of love.”—Cosmopolitan
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Bookreader of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
A good read. It's a wonder that Ezra and Cody did not end up bitter enemies. Jenny was a disappointment as I thought her character would be more assertive because of her ambition to go into medicine. How could a controlling and hateful Mother go from a monster to her children and then in later years do a complete turn around was a little puzzling. All in all a good scenario of what life is like when a Father leaves his family and responsibilities to a unbalanced woman!