The Tull family is yet another family under the focus of Anne Tyler's microscope, her astute assessments and observations are often uncomfortable to read, they are too real, too human, and too much like each of us in some manner.
Anne Tyler books nearly always begin with a catalyst of death or loss and the spiraling outward consequences.
Each family member is flawed, sometimes angry, often sad, yet they resonate and in my multiple readings of this book have become friends and acquaintances.
The sad thing is, although I have read this book often, I still hope and imagine that at some time Ezra managed to host a successful family dinner in his Homesick Restaurant.
It is difficult to write this, almost as though I am publicly judging a friend, it is an odd feeling.