Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory.
It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore’s Calvert Street, abandoning Pearl to raise their three children alone: Jenny, high-spirited and determined, nurturing to strangers but distant to those she loves; the older son, Cody, a wild and incorrigible youth possessed by the lure of power and money; and sweet, clumsy Ezra, Pearl’s favorite, who never stops yearning for the perfect family that could never be his own.
Now Pearl and her three grown children have gathered together again—with anger, hope, and a beautiful, harsh, and dazzling story to tell.
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I first read this book back in 1984, long before I was in the publishing business. I was traveling through Greece with a friend and our hotel had shelves of books that other guests had left behind and were free for the taking.. I picked up Dinner.... knowing absolutely nothing about it. What a wonderful surprise and discovery!. I felt I had never read anything quite like it.The characters were so real, so familiar that I felt I did actually know them. In fact, for weeks after I finished the book, I had dreams about Ezra, one of the characters in the book and the owner of the Homesick Restaurant. In the dreams, he was my brother and he was just as sweet and vulnerable as he was in the book. I never re-read books because I'm usually disappointed the second time around because the sense of newness and discovery is gone. But I did read Dinner.... again and loved it as much, and even found new things I hadn't noticed before. This novel is truly a classic.
"A book that should join those few that every literate person will have to read."
THE BOSTON GLOBE
Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not her memory. Ever since 1944 when her husband left her, she has raised her three very different children on her own. Now grown, they have gathered together--with anger, with hope, and with a beautiful, harsh, and dazzling story to tell....
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Book Description Knopf, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0394523814
Book Description Knopf, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0394523814
Book Description Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0394523814 Never Read-Ships in 1 business day from my GA location!. Bookseller Inventory # SKU000040449
Book Description Knopf, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110394523814