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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
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Jan 01, 2012

really liked it
Read in December, 2011

Anne Tyler is super at writing about families and their struggles. This was a hard book to read because there was so much family sadness, but it was very sensitive, with extremely sympathetic characters. Pearl Tuill is nearing the end of her life and recalling her life raising her three children in Baltimore after her husband left. She managed but without much joy. "Often, like a child peering over the fence at somebody else's party, she gazes wistfully at other families and wonders what their secret is. They seem so close. Is it that they're more religious? Or stricter, or more lenient? Could it be the fact that they participate in sports? Read books together? Have some common hobby? Recently, she overheard a neighbor woman discussing her plans for Independence Day: her family was having a picnic. Every member - child or grownups - was cooking his or her specialty. Those who were too little to cook were in charge of the paper plates. Pearl felt such a wave of longing that her knees went weak."

A couple of observations of old age: "I'm falling into disrepair." and "You're old for so much longer than you're young, she thinks. Really it hardly seems fair."
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