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Publisher's Summary

Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory. It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore's Calvert Street, abandoning Pearl to raise their three children alone: Jenny, high-spirited and determined, nurturing to strangers but distant to those she loves; the older son, Cody, a wild and incorrigible youth possessed by the lure of power and money; and sweet, clumsy Ezra, Pearl's favorite, who never stops yearning for the perfect family that could never be his own. Now Pearl and her three grown children have gathered together again - with anger, hope, and a beautiful, harsh, and dazzling story to tell.

©1982 Anne Tyler (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Classic Anne Tyler

A great performance of a quintessential Anne Tyler work. It’s not plot-driven. Quirky characters abound! I was delighted to discover that “Dinner at the Homesick Diner” has more in common with early Tyler, eg, “Accidental Tourist,” than the more recent “Clock Dance.”

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Really liked this one

The narrator did a fantastic job with all of the voices, especially the male voices were convincing. The ending was a bit lack-luster, but was fitting for the story.

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Families - Hard WORK

Until you're caught up in the middle of family chaos you NEVER KNOW what might happen. Each person has their own mind and abilities to comfort itself. So Sad MOST families don't have the communication or relationships that are caring & understanding with eachother. Most get experiences walking in another's shoes.

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Great writing style and performance, lethargic plo

Anne Tyler has an amazing style, and the performer was wonderful, but I never felt momentum or a real purpose in the plot. This certainly is a very good book, just not a great book.

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Depressing.

Ms Tyler is one of my very favorite authors. I wish I hadn’t read this one, though. The characters were all so flawed that I couldn’t like them. I found the cruelty toward children to be very depressing and I was glad when I was finished.

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Depressing

I’m still not sure what the point of this story was. Lots of going back and forth in time related to family remembrances. None of it enlightening. I stuck with it hoping it would have an ah-ha moment that never came.