*** Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler


Feeling that you have read too many happy novels lately? Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant would be a wise choice to plunge into a miserable family: sad, overwhelmed mother, deserter-father, cheater-older brother and his stolen (read the book to know why), unhappy wife and his sad son, too nice-younger brother (who does manage quite a good life for himself, considering, including the title restaurant), and a very smart but unlucky in love younger sister. There’s very little hope, I think because there is very little kindness all around, but the writing is beautiful and I found myself captivated by all those sad characters. It would take so little to make any of them happy!

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