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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant | [Anne Tyler]

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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)

“In her ninth novel she has arrived at a new level of power.” (John Updike, The New Yorker)

"Few families are as disconnected as the Tulls, and Toren successfully projects the characters' complex and layered feelings of competition, longing, pain, and insecurity, leaving listeners to judge the actions taken or words said. Thanks to Toren's sensitive reading, listeners are not pulled under by the difficult themes explored in the novel. Instead, the Tulls' abusive and clueless behavior opens the door for discussion." (AudioFile)

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    Babette Loveland, CO, United States 06-13-11
    Babette Loveland, CO, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Listen to it More Than Once"

    The first time I listened to this book, I really didn't like it. I thought the story was weak but the characters were interesting. The second time I listened, I discovered that the characters are the story and I actually found the book quite enjoyable. Anne Tyler is a great storyteller. I enjoy her folksy and flawed characters. I do wish there would have been more of a "story" but its still a good book that I'll keep in my permanent collection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    debra SUNLAND, CA, United States 07-20-11
    debra SUNLAND, CA, United States 07-20-11 Member Since 2010

    Aloha deb

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    "thoroughly enjoyable"

    Loved this book. Loved the characters and story line. Easy to follow and believable.

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    Jack Flower Mound, TX, United States 03-08-11
    Jack Flower Mound, TX, United States 03-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I can't find anyone to like"

    Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors. Her characters are comfortable, quirky, and people I want to know. I wish she had saved a few for Dinner at the Homesick Resturant. Try as I might, I couldn't build a bond or sympathize with any of the characters. If they were not slow or dim-witted, they were mean and disagreeable. I finished it just in case it changed but ended up disappointed with an unsurprising somewhat maudlin wrap up. I will read her again but can't get excited about Homesick.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dell FRUITLAND PARK, FL, United States 08-08-13
    Dell FRUITLAND PARK, FL, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy historical fiction, humor, and biographies. I listen to my Audible books as I drive in my car or on my IPhone.

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    "Great story about life in general."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A very interesting story about a young mother who was left by her husband to raise a daughter and two sons in a time when separation was not the norm.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was fantastic!


    Was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant worth the listening time?

    Yes. It has a great storyline and makes one think.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly P FL 06-19-13
    Kelly P FL 06-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not sure if it's the narration or the writer, but."

    ...but seriously? The way the voices are read, the characters seem so dim-witted, and well, stupid. I normally enjoy 'depressing' stories of flawed families, but I am finding myself frustrated with this one. This is my 1st Anne Tyler book. I agree with other reviewers that it is difficult to like anyone. I wonder if I was reading it in print if I would enjoy it more, but the slow, confused way some of the characters talk.... argh! I had to force myself to finish it.

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    James McCullough Henderson, NC USA 05-14-13
    James McCullough Henderson, NC USA 05-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Anne Tyler's best"
    Where does Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anne Tyler is my favorite author. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is my favorite Anne Tyler novel.


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    Vicki Everett, WA, United States 03-23-11
    Vicki Everett, WA, United States 03-23-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Waste of a credit"

    Well, it happens now and then. This storyline and these characters are uninteresting, and at times, really hateful. Albeit I normally read/have read to me detective/murder/mystery/police books, I branched out for this one. Can't even finish it. Sorry Ann.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan klemme, Iowa, United States 03-27-11
    Suzan klemme, Iowa, United States 03-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't waste your money"

    When spending money I hate to not listen but after 3 painful hours of trying to believe that this terribly depressing chronicle of a family will get better, I had to quit. It was terrible.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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