The Accidental Tourist

Paperback | April 23, 2002

byAnne Tyler

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How does a man addicted to routine cope with the chaos of everyday life? Macon does his best, writing Armchair Tourist guidebooks that soothe the travel-hating businessman. Even when his son, Ethan, is murdered and his wife leaves him, Macon folds his anguish neatly back into place and adapts the household routine along more efficient lines.

So when he meets Muriel, dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic - an utterly chaotic, outrageous, vulnerable woman - he considers that his defences against love and pain are in excellent working order.

Combining glorious comedy with aching sadness, Anne Tyler's novel maps the landscape of one man's hesitant heart with tenderness, sharpness and exhilarating truth.

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How does a man addicted to routine cope with the chaos of everyday life? Macon does his best, writing Armchair Tourist guidebooks that soothe the travel-hating businessman. Even when his son, Ethan, is murdered and his wife leaves him, Macon folds his anguish neatly back into place and adapts the household routine along more efficient ...

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her 16th novel; her 11th, Breathing Lessons, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.24 × 5.48 × 0.72 inPublished:April 23, 2002Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143012401

ISBN - 13:9780143012405

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating characters Really enjoyed this book. The characters are full of unique quirks and paralyzing habits and anxieties. Macon and Muriel are both pathetic and intriguing--their personalities clearly shaped by their past traumas. The ending seemed at first unlikely to happen but felt like the outcome you wanted to happen. So skilfully written. Anne Tyler 's writing makes it look easy-- so natural to read yet so clear and precise in its development of these wonderfully flawed characters. You feel as though you've come to know them personally. Loved it!!
Date published: 2015-09-18