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Anne Tyler a writer from Minneapolis is known for her ability to explore the ways in which unexceptional people create families out of what is seemingly a hopeless muddle of failed or failing relationships This is exactly what she does with the Tull family in her novel Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Throughout the novel a striking image emerges of Pearl Tull caused by her many trying circumstances her husband left her with three children to provide both emotional and financial support and her failure to give her children a loving and secure home Each family member played a distinctive role in the family abusive and suffocating mother Pearl jealous and manipulative Cody distant Jenny and placid Ezra who tried to keep the family together with his establishment The Homesick Restaurant I think that Anne Tylers novel shows how each member of this dysfunctional family had to first learn how to soothe their childhood wounds in order to unite as a family at the end Cody the oldest of the Tull children created the basis of one of the most destructive relationships in the novel When I was reading I found out that Pearl Tulls youngest son Ezra is her favorite and Cody becomes consumed with jealousy for his brother When the boys were young Cody tortured Ezra by framing Ezras best friend for stealing Ezras beloved recorder or taking pictures of Ezra with beer to make him look like a drunk Cody always thought that Ezra had this plan to be better than him and always thought that all the girls liked Ezra instead of him For example I saw how Cody was consumed with jealously when he stole Ruth Ezras fianc the only woman Ezra has ever been in love with Cody could still not comprehend the idea of Ezra having something he didnt have Afraid of the connection Ruth and Ezra still might have Cody took Ruth and moved away from
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