I've struggled with how to review this book ever since I finished it. On the one hand, it's incredibly well written, multi-layered and literary, with defined characters. On the other hand, it's just so darned depressing that it was hard not to give up on the whole Tull lot and leave them to their sad, little lives. This is not to say that Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant should be skipped over. Tyler writes books of substance, and this is no exception.