21/05/2004

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Novel by Anne Tyler.

Pearl lies dying, and begins to reflect on her life and grown-up family: Cody, her materialistic jealous eldest son, Ezra, her placed stubborn middle child, and Jenny, her bright busy daughter. We're effortlessly taken back to their childhood, with family squabbles and problems, and a picture is gradually built up, switching perspectives without this technique seeming intrusive at all.

We see the children through adult life until the book comes full circle and the family gather at Pearl's funeral. Astute observation typical of Anne Tyler, a pleasant read in general, though not my favourite of her books. 'Family Quarrels and Sibling Rivalries' is the title of my longer review of this novel.

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