Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books : 2008
Edition: Trade paperback ed
Description: 325 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780449911594
Branch Call Number: Tyle


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Apr 17, 2021

The story is of 3 children growing up in a dysfunctional home. Their Dad leaves one day and their Mom never tells them he’s gone for good(he travelled for work). Mom is ? OCD with bad PMS rages. As adults,the dysfunction continues in each of their lives. One owns a restaurant and often invites the whole family to eat there but they never finish a meal without one (often the Mom) storming out.

Jan 18, 2021

Usually, I enjoy this author's writing. However, continuing negativity constantly interrupted any enjoyment I might have had.

Nov 26, 2015

Selected for the Logan Central Monday Book Club in 2016. For a full list of 2016 selections, see the Logan Central Monday Book Club list.

Oct 17, 2015

I've struggled with how to review this book ever since I finished it. On the one hand, it's incredibly well written, multi-layered and literary, with defined characters. On the other hand, it's just so darned depressing that it was hard not to give up on the whole Tull lot and leave them to their sad, little lives. This is not to say that Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant should be skipped over. Tyler writes books of substance, and this is no exception.

Jun 27, 2013

The tale of a dysfunctional American family. Anne Tyler makes you care about these hugely flawed people who can never manage to eat a "family" dinner together without one of them getting up and leaving in a huff. Ending is a bit predictable, but otherwise an excellent read!

JCLBeckyC Jun 15, 2013

The fictional Tulls are, sadly, a family we all know: a single mom trying to raise three kids after her husband abandons the family. Having divorced parents myself, the Tull’s family dynamics resonate within me qualities I recognize from my family of origin. The tense moments of silence within the house punctuated by enraged voices. The children wondering what they did to cause their daddy’s absence. The parents wondering where it all went wrong.

The difference between the Tull family and most families of divorce today is communication. Today people are encouraged to talk about their feelings, whether privately as a family, or with a therapist as a referee. If Daddy leaves, family discussions help everyone deal with the trauma. In Homesick, which spans the decades from the 1930s to the 1970s, Pearl refuses to talk to her children about their father’s absence. One night her husband Beck tells Pearl he’s leaving, and she adapts by pretending he’s just away on a long business trip. This denial and secrecy exacerbate an already traumatic event, and we see the effects played out through each family member for generations. Highly recommended for book clubs or anyone with an interest in family dysfunction.

Sep 19, 2012

Another slow, hard to follow Anne Tyler book. By the time you painfully make it to the end of the book, you're left thinking "what the heck...?"

Jul 14, 2012

Now this is great literature! It follows the lives of three siblings: Cody is bitter & envious, Ezra kind but excessively passive and Jenn is overly impulsive with a penchant for marrying the wrong men. After their father deserts the family, they’re left to be raised by their mother Pearl Tull, a rigid perfectionist with a definite mean streak. What struck a cord for me was how all three children growing up in the same household could all remember their childhood so differently. I thought it was hilarious that they couldn’t make it through a meal together without one of them storming off in a huff. It’s a raw sort of story, not a lot of kissy / huggy going on, but it’s real. Finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1983. According to Wiki Anne Tyler considers it her best work.

technojoy Jun 06, 2011

The first chapter of this book could stand on its own as one of the most beautiful and haunting short stories in the English language. Possibly my favourite book by Anne Tyler.


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Jul 17, 2012

Pearl Tull comments on her ageing
"I'm falling into disrepair”

Jul 17, 2012

you make your own luck

Jul 14, 2012

Favorite quote: “Cody, in particular referred continually to Pearl’s short temper, displaying it against a background of stunned, childish faces so sad & bewildered that Pearl herself hardly recognized them. Honestly, she thought, wasn’t there some statute of limitations here? When was he going to absolve her? He was middle-aged. He had no business holding her responsible anymore.”

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