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Summary

Through every family run memories that bind it together - despite everything. The Tulls of Baltimore are no exception. Abandoned by her salesman husband, Pearl is left to bring up her three children alone - Cody, a flawed devil; Ezra, a flawed saint; and Jenny, errant and passionate. Now as Pearl lies dying, stiffly encased in her pride and solitude, the past is unlocked and with it, secrets.

A classic novel from one of America's greatest living novelists, now available as an audiobook.

©1982 Anne Tyler (P)2014 Audible, Inc., 2014. Published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks

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Tyler's own favourite

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Brilliant novel well read and characterised.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant?

None of the characters were drawn as simplistically black or white, from motivations to action. I listened to the book and went from liking to disliking each person in turns. Ultimately, I finished the book and felt it was well rounded. Tyler's writing was perceptive and powerful.

What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

Suzanne characterised the children and Pearl so well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book was very touching and the ending was unexpected but not contrived.

Any additional comments?

Tyler's best novel.

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A masterpiece!

The characters of this book seemed alive to me. I am so sad I will not be meeting them again. I can't fault it, the simple but perfectly honed prose, the absolutely perfect characterisation, the development of the family in time and the very gentle dénouement. I loved it!!! ( I had given up on my three previous downloads so I am a harsh critic!) Recommend highly

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Anne Tyler at her best

Fabulous characters all flawed but very likeable. These will stay with you as you learn the effect the abandonment by their father has had on them all throughout their lives. Beautifully written as always.

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Amazing Anne Tyler!

I’ve read all Anne Tyler’s books & this is one of my Favourites.She is a beautiful writer, As with all her books there seems to be not a lot going on but there is always so much more under the surface.Family,Relationships, love, disappointment, the ordinary in the extraordinary.
Great characters,great narration.

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A wonderful book!

I can't believe I have only just discovered this author. I loved every minute of this book, which is all about the characters, their relationships and differing perceptions of the same events. Faultlessly narrated.

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hard to get in to but worth effort

loved it even though easily distracted at first. took a while but then thoroughly enjoyed it

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Always memorable stories and characters

Anne Tyler's characters always stay with me for a long time after I've reached the end of the novel. The plots are compact and focused on just a few characters.You don't expect a large canvas with high drama, intrigue or great mysteries. But you do get immersed in the characters' lives and really want to know what happens to them. Anne Tyler is excellent at depicting characters who are a little bit different, sometimes living on the fringes, and she gives us an insight into how they cope with life in a very gentle and supportive manner. There are always a few surprises along the way. She excels at creating a rich evocation of the era like a time-traveller's diary would read. And best of all there is always a very satisfying ending. I'm always delighted when there's a new novel of hers to readl

This particular audio reading is superb with a steadfast and clear evocation of each character, paced beautifully.



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Every character was insufferable but i couldn’t get enough. My favourite AT so far!
Fantastic narration too!

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Typical (and perfect) Tyler!

A wonderfully rich story of one family as they grow older together and try to understand one another and what it means to be a family.

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A ramble

This is an account - I hesitate to call it a story - of an increasingly self-pitying, melodramatic mother and her remarkably patient children. I persevered when it seemed to go in circles because I had liked The Accidental Tourist and the quirky Redhead by the Side of the Road. Then I understood why the narrator sounded so bored. I held on grimly until half way but quit when I realised I was grinding my teeth.