Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Paperback)
Ballantine Books, 9780449911594, 320pp.
Publication Date: August 27, 1996
Abandoned by her wanderlusting husband, stoic Pearl raised her three children on her own. Now grown, the siblings are inextricably linked by their memories--some painful--which hold them together despite their differences. Hardened by life's disappointments, wealthy, charismatic Cody has turned cruel and envious. Thrice-married Jenny is errant and passionate. And Ezra, the flawed saint of the family, who stayed at home to look after his mother, runs a restaurant where he cooks what other people are homesick for, stubbornly yearning for the perfect family he never had. Now gathered during a time of loss, they will reluctantly unlock the shared secrets of their past and discover if what binds them together is stronger than what tears them apart.
Soulful and redemptive--full of heartbreak and hope--this portrait of a family will remind you why Anne Tyler is one of the most beloved writers working today. " In Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Tyler] 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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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.”
“Anne Tyler is surely one of the most satisfying novelists working in America today.”
“In her ninth novel she has arrived at a new level of power.”
–JOHN UPDIKE, The New Yorker