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No other writer captures like Anne Tyler, with acerbic affection and compassionate clarity, the shifts and defences of the average family struggling to keep life under control. This first omnibus edition of three full-length novels, all set in the respectable Baltimore streets she has made so particularly her own, encompasses the range of eccentricities and compromises to No other writer captures like Anne Tyler, with acerbic affection and compassionate clarity, the shifts and defences of the average family struggling to keep life under control. This first omnibus edition of three full-length novels, all set in the respectable Baltimore streets she has made so particularly her own, encompasses the range of eccentricities and compromises to which they are driven. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant follows the disintegration and eventual reaffirmation of the Tull family - fierce, embittered Pearl, left by Beck to raise handsome, thrusting Cody, Jenny, the pediatrician losing herself in devotion to others, and docile Ezra, whose attempts to unite them all around a table at his eccentric Homesick Restaurant are the focus of their differences and their bond. In The Accidental Tourist, Macon - a man of habit and routine, who writes guide books for businessmen who hate to leave home - is confronted by chaos in his own family life. Between aching sadness and glorious absurdity, Macon hesitantly emerges from his sage cocoon into the vibrant, unpredictable world of the outrageous Muriel...And Breathing Lessons, which won the Pulitzer Prize, lays bare the anatomy of a marriage. On the round trip to a friend's funeral, Maggie and Ira Moran make detours literal and metaphorical - into the lives of grown children, old friends, total strangers and their own past - and, despite Ira's disappointments and Maggie's optimistic determination to rearrange life as she would like it to be, an old married couple fall in love all over again.


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No other writer captures like Anne Tyler, with acerbic affection and compassionate clarity, the shifts and defences of the average family struggling to keep life under control. This first omnibus edition of three full-length novels, all set in the respectable Baltimore streets she has made so particularly her own, encompasses the range of eccentricities and compromises to No other writer captures like Anne Tyler, with acerbic affection and compassionate clarity, the shifts and defences of the average family struggling to keep life under control. This first omnibus edition of three full-length novels, all set in the respectable Baltimore streets she has made so particularly her own, encompasses the range of eccentricities and compromises to which they are driven. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant follows the disintegration and eventual reaffirmation of the Tull family - fierce, embittered Pearl, left by Beck to raise handsome, thrusting Cody, Jenny, the pediatrician losing herself in devotion to others, and docile Ezra, whose attempts to unite them all around a table at his eccentric Homesick Restaurant are the focus of their differences and their bond. In The Accidental Tourist, Macon - a man of habit and routine, who writes guide books for businessmen who hate to leave home - is confronted by chaos in his own family life. Between aching sadness and glorious absurdity, Macon hesitantly emerges from his sage cocoon into the vibrant, unpredictable world of the outrageous Muriel...And Breathing Lessons, which won the Pulitzer Prize, lays bare the anatomy of a marriage. On the round trip to a friend's funeral, Maggie and Ira Moran make detours literal and metaphorical - into the lives of grown children, old friends, total strangers and their own past - and, despite Ira's disappointments and Maggie's optimistic determination to rearrange life as she would like it to be, an old married couple fall in love all over again.

30 review for An Omnibus: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant / The Accidental Tourist / Breathing Lessons

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I guess I just don't get Anne Tyler (I left The Accidental Tourist mid-stream). While I enjoy her comfortable breezy style and wacky humor, I find this book just okay, and sometimes uncomfortable reading. I'm sure it says something about me -- her healthy and accepting view of certain dysfunction makes me squirm, and her work doesn't seem strong enough to warrant it. It's a shade under 3, so 2, I guess, although I waver too much about this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alejandra

    I have read now about 8-10 books from Anne Tyler, and I'm starting to have problems separating them in my memory. One thing is sure, they are all very well written, the main character is a middle aged woman, and they all leave me in a melancholic mood.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    My two favorite Anne Tyler books are in this compilation: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and The Accidental Tourist. I always wondered why she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons and not one of the other two. Interestingly, I read Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant at 19 and didn't like it. After reading all of Tyler's books later in life, I decided to try it again and absolutely loved it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Read them all and loved them. Especially "Dinner..."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angie Mellsop

    Breathing Lessons the best of these 3 books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jervia

    The dysfunctional family troubles me. The book reads easily, but I'm not comfortable with the melancholy left behind. Although there are some similarities to Janet Walls' Glass Castle, "Dinner" lacks the hope of even a single "normal" person.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Don't know how I ever missed reading this. Her character descriptions are so amazing. She is able to capture the personality quirks and lives of so many otherwise left out people. I have always loved her writing. You can't beat a novel by Anne Tyler.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Duhl

    30 (!) years later, so glad I re-read this brilliant novel. It holds up well and certainly has a different relevance for me at this point in my life. Great writing, a profound saga about the realities of family life and life itself.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    This book reminded me so much of my own family that it was scary! Wonderful characters who portrayed their own approach to the life that had been given them. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made and we, each, deal with our life in a unique but similar manner as our parents did.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Was my introduction to Anne Tyler. The start of a long love affair with her novels. Something about her direct, simple lives that become real to me. I love the crazy normalcy of her tales and the setting is familiar. Can't get enough of Anne Tyler.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen Nunley

    One of my all time favorites

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rose Mary

    Anne Tyler's dissection of the family unit is always intriguing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Sikorski

    Read

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was a great story about how a dysfunctional (aren't we all?) family evolves over time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    She is my fav female writer now. This is best of the 3 I've read

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert Kradoska

    Different and entertaining, a strange family

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alice

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patti

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cara Koehler

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susie Magness

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rochelle Gridley

  26. 4 out of 5

    NICOLA Davis

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Luckngrace

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marguerite

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mahala Church

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