The Accidental Tourist: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
72 Reviews
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.

Praise for The Accidental Tourist

“Poignant . . . funny . . . The Accidental Tourist is one of her best. . . . [Tyler] has never been stronger.”The New York Times

“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

“Tyler has given us an endlessly diverting book whose strength gathers gradually to become a genuinely thrilling one.”Los Angeles Times

“A delight . . . a graceful comic novel about getting through life.”The Wall Street Journal

“A rarely equaled richness and depth . . . Delicious humor . . . Without Anne Tyler, American fiction would be an immeasurably bleaker place.”—Newday

“Incandescent, heartbreaking, exhilarating . . . One cannot reasonably expect fiction to be much better than this."The Washington Post


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User Review  - Noah_Schumacher - LibraryThing

As many of us know, life is filled with interesting characters. A good friend of mine on many occasions says, "everyone we encounter in life is a unique character in our story." He says this because ... 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
302
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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 is the author of over twenty novels; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded 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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