Family Dynamics

Anne Tyler’s Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is filled with many complex characters that make up the Tull family. However, throughout the interconnected lives of siblings Ezra, Cody, and Jenny, the one key figure they lack is their father, Beck. In Anne Tyler novel, Beck’s characteristics ultimately lead to a disjointed family unit. The eldest … Read moreFamily Dynamics

The Accidental Acceptance: Family and Modernity in ‘The Accidental Tourist’ and ‘Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant’

Although she had a “fairly isolated childhood” (Salwak, 3), Anne Tyler’s insights about family are remarkably accurate. In two of Tyler’s books, The Accidental Tourist and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, she tells the tales of two very different families. However, the believable emotional state and interactions of the characters make it seem as if … Read moreThe Accidental Acceptance: Family and Modernity in ‘The Accidental Tourist’ and ‘Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant’