Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is a 1982 novel by Anne Tyler set in Baltimore, Maryland. It is Anne Tyler's ninth novel. In 1983 it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize,[1] the National Book Award,[2] and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Anne Tyler considers it her best work. The book follows the lives of three siblings: Cody, Ezra, and Jenny, and explores their experiences and recollections of growing up with their mother, Pearl, after the family is deserted by their father, Beck. The novel ends with Pearl's funeral, and a surprise occurrence. The novel examines how siblings may share the same events yet experience them differently. E.g. Cody remembers his childhood as a harsh time. He blames himself for his father abandoning him and considers himself left to the mercy of an angry mother who favours Ezra. Meanwhile Ezra remembers his childhood fondly and creates a nostalgic family-themed restaurant.

The 639th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 39th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  2. - 72nd on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  3. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)

Buy This Book

Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: A Novel Paperback 64791 $5.85 $1.05 1996
The Dinner at Homesick Restaurant Mass Market Paperback 3161042 $5.97 $0.01 1983
Reunión en el restaurante Nostalgia Paperback 8331646 $15.24 $15.77
Reunión en el restaurante Nostalgia (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 2277636 2017
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Mass Market Paperback 2929965 $0.01
Reunion en el restaurante nostalgia / Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Spanish Edition) Paperback 8038761 $26.78 $42.00 2012
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Audio CD 7298965 $26.25 $39.72 2013
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Mass Market Paperback 2803757 $7.35 $0.01 1983
Anne Tyler: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years & The Amateur Marriage: Three BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisations Audible Audiobook 53747 $19.08 2018
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Paperback 1724854 $5.50 $0.10
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Hardcover 2134964 $11.94 $0.50
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Kindle Edition 45509 2011
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Hardcover 1249945 $21.99 $0.01 1982
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Mass Market Paperback 1262994 $4.25 $0.01 1991
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Paperback 1477014 $8.73 $0.01 1992
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Audio CD 2634079 $10.50 $13.84 2013