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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
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Aug 25, 2010

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bookshelves: fiction, ponder-worthy
Read from August 25 to 26, 2010

This book made me realize that I don't think I truly love books that are too real. How sad is that? While Anne Tyler is a talented writer who creates characters that are complex and believable, something about her writing depresses me a bit. And I think that it is because her characters and events have have no gloss to them; most problems are not solved by the end of the book, and not everyone (or sometimes ANYONE, it seems) gets a happy ending. I don't necessarily feel any better after I read her books-- I just feel like I've peeped through someone's living room window for a few hours and seen what their life is like. So, if that does it for you, you'll probably really like this book. If you're more like me, you'll just kind of like it.

That being said, it is a great book for making you think about family dynamics and how events and our family members help shape who we are.
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