Anne Tyler’s Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

anne-tylerWelcome to reading Anne Tyler. For our conversations, we’ll locate how this is a modern text in that we understand the family story from multiple points of view. What favorite book or movie has a similar structure? Anne Tyler is appreciated by many authors and readers. Here’s Nathaniel Philbrick commenting on her great work here for the New York Times Book Review pages: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/books/review/nathaniel-philbrick-by-the-book.html?_r=0

The summer reading text, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, is considered one of her best. You can see what she thinks of it from this Paris review interview: https://books.google.com/books?id=7piqpaDi9jEC&pg=PA525&lpg=PA525&dq=%22this+is+my+best%22+anne+tyler&source=bl&ots=6Ekx91ZA3Z&sig=Yzov-cm9vqF_ioyVTyRSZbpV_lo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjEuaLwtfjOAhWFRCYKHWC0C-YQ6AEIKDAC#v=onepage&q=%22this%20is%20my%20best%22%20anne%20tyler&f=falseAlso check out what she reported a few years ago before her most recent publication of A Spool of Blue Thread. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-21966118

Here’s a clip from the BBC World Service Book Club where Anne Tyler shares her opinion of the novel: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02l4vg6?ocid=socialflow_twitter  The full program can be heard here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02l1z08

 

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I am an English teacher working with great students at an independent school in Ct.
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One Response to Anne Tyler’s Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

  1. Isabel Munoz-Sune says:

    “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant,” by Anne Tyler, tells of a complex family dynamic where a single mother strives to raise her children against many odds. Odds including financial support, abandonment, the war, and herself as a person. Pearl Tull, the mother of three children, is left by her husband and battles with her personal flaws to point her children: Cody, Jenna, and Ezra in the right direction. What makes this text unique is the style of narration in which each chapter reflects both the children and mother’s opinion of specific events. These contrasting opinions and viewpoints urge the readers to consider the many different perspectives and complexities that the family hold. While each character in the novel go their separate ways, the youngest of the three continuously struggles and aspires to unite the family without conflict in order to mend the lost relationships. The timeline continues even after the death of Pearl as her children recount certain memories and face conflict of their childhood.

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