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The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
Published by Vintage, 1992

Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary and has ‘a fondness for method’. His series of guidebooks called Accidental Tourist for businessmen who also hate to travel, advises his readers on how to avoid human contact while traveling, where to find ‘American food’ abroad and how to convince themselves they haven’t left home.

When Macon’s wife leaves him after the death of their son, he moves back home with two divorced brothers and spinster sister Rose, ‘safe among the people he'd started out with' and cuts himself off from the rest of the world. Almost against his will he becomes involved with an unconventional dog-trainer, Muriel, who helps him make the journey from lonely self-absorption to coping with his loss and taking control of his life.

‘My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world, is Anne Tyler, the American author of The Accidental Tourist and Saint Maybe… Brilliant, funny, sad and sensitive’ Nick Hornby

‘Anne Tyler has [compassion] in spades. No life is too ordinary, no existence too humdrum to be spared her penetrating gaze and gentle humour.’
London Observer

‘Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good.' John Updike

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

’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 is an exquisite chronicler of the everyday. Home and homesickness are her central preoccupations; repression, guilt and estrangement her prevailing themes. Her characters are at once infuriating and endearing, conservative yet quietly eccentric. They are all unheroic survivors.’ Lisa Allardice,
The Observer

By the same author:
The Amateur Marriage
Back When We Were Grownups
Breathing Lessons
Celestial Navigation
The Clock Winder
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Earthly Possessions
If Morning Ever Comes
Ladder of Years
Morgan’s Passing
A Patchwork Planet
Saint Maybe
Searching for Cabel
A Slipping-Down Life
The Tin-Can Tree

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