Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Six top family gatherings from literature

Julie Myerson is an English author and critic. At the Guardian she tagged six favorite family gatherings from literature, including:
Few do it better than Anne Tyler, especially in her masterpiece, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Tyler finds great intensity and urgency in parent-sibling relationships, so when Beck Tull suddenly abandons wife Pearl and three small children, the loss reverberates down the years in inevitable, unpredictable and unending ways. The novel’s heartbreaking climax, which has the remaining family members gathering for a meal at the eponymous restaurant, has to be one of the most tenderly written family dinners in literature.
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Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is among four books that changed Stephen Giles and Peggy Frew’s top ten books about "bad" mothers.

--Marshal Zeringue