Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant

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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: Book Review Anne Tyler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who has published 20 novels, one of which is titled, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Tyler has been recognized for her thoroughly developed characters and detail of their everyday lives. The subject of most of her novels and short stories revolve around the American family with a focus on the evolution of parents, children, siblings, and partners. Tyler spent most of her childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended Duke University, after receiving a full scholarship. As an undergraduate at Duke University she wrote her first short story Laura, which was published in the Duke literary journal. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and which is considered her best work. This is a story about a broken family in Baltimore, Maryland. At the start of this novel, Pearl Tull is introduced and is reflecting on her life while lying on her deathbed. Beck, her ex-husband leaves the family and Pearl is left to raise their three children alone. She lies to her friends and most importantly her children, telling them that they are still married, however Beck is traveling for work. After this introduction, her three children, whom are now adults, tell the rest of the novel. They share some of the same occasions, but express and remember them differently. This allows for the reader to gather more in depth information…
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