The Accidental Tourist: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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“Incandescent, heartbreaking, exhilarating…One cannot reasonably expect fiction to be much better than this.” —The Washington Post

“A body of fiction of major dimensions…Poignant…funny…[Tyler] has never been stronger.” —The New York Times

In this irresistible novel, Anne Tyler explores the slippery alchemy of attracting opposites, and the struggle to rebuild one’s life after unspeakable tragedy. Travel writer Macon Leary hates travel, adventure, surprises, and anything outside of his routine.  Immobilized by grief, Macon is becoming increasingly prickly and alone, anchored by his solitude and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts. Then he meets Muriel, an eccentric dog trainer too optimistic to let Macon disappear into himself. Despite Macon’s best efforts to remain insulated, Muriel up-ends his solitary, systemized life, catapulting him into the center of a messy, beautiful love story he never imagined. A fresh and timeless tale of unexpected bliss, The Accidental Tourist showcases Tyler’s talents for making characters—and their relationships—feel both real and magical.

“Bittersweet…evocative…It’s easy to forget this is the warm lull of fiction; you half-expect to run into her characters at the dry cleaners…Tyler [is] a writer of great compassion.” —The Boston Globe
 

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Tyler is a master at being able to caputure the essence of many dysfunctional families. Love is a measure of our commitment to the transformational possibilities inherent in our relationships -- these will endure inasmuch as they grow. Read full review

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Macon, writer of a travel series, tries to live alone after his wife leaves, but does not do very well. Gentle humour mixed with bitter-sweet emotion, and enjoyable caricature. A pleasant read. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
6
Section 3
18
Section 4
40
Section 5
55
Section 6
75
Section 7
113
Section 8
132
Section 11
185
Section 12
199
Section 13
212
Section 14
232
Section 15
245
Section 16
252
Section 17
269
Section 18
280

Section 9
152
Section 10
180
Section 19
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About the author (2007)

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian Studies at Columbia University. Tyler is the author of twenty novels; and her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore Maryland.

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