Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2011 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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


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I started out writing that I thought Anne Tyler was an under-appreciated writer, and then I remember that she won a Pulitzer, so perhaps that's not exactly the correct term. I think people don't ... Read full review

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Plot summary: As 85 year old Pearl Tull lies on her deathbed, she thinks back over her life. The defining moment for Pearl was 35 years before, when her husband walked out on her and her three young ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of over twenty novels; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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