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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Critical Essay

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Critical Overview

Dinner at tire Homesick Restaurant, originally published in the United States by Knopf in 1982, qualified as a critical and commercial success for its somewhat reclusive author, Anne Tyler. In one of her few interviews, Tyler said as quoted in Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook, " think what I was doing was saying 'Well, all right, I've joked around about families long enough; let me tell you now what I really believe about them.'"

Although her opinion produced a book less optimistic than some of her previous novels, critics (many of whom bad ignored Tyler's previous novels) responded positively for the most part. Although Elizabeth Evans in her book-Anne Tyler and some other critics thought that using Pearl's deathbed was not a particularly original structural device, the consensus was that Tyler's perception of an unconventional, emotionally scarred family rang fascinating, poignant, and true.

Many commended Tyler's control over multiple...

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