The Accidental Tourist Author:Anne Tyler Scarred by grief after their 12-year-old son's senseless murder (he was shot by a holdup man in a Burger Bonanza), Macon and Sarah Leary are losing their marriage too. Macon is unable to cope when she leaves him, so he settles down ``safe among the people he'd started out with,'' moving back home with two divorced brothers and spinster sister Ro... more »se. Author of a series of guidebooks called ``Accidental Tourist'' for businessmen who hate to travel, Macon is Tyler's focus here, as she gently chronicles his journey from lonely self-absorption to an ``accidental'' new life with brassy Muriel, a dog trainer from the Meow Bow Animal Hospital, who renews and claims his heart. Not a character, including Macon's dog Edward, is untouched by delightful eccentricity in this charming story, full of surprises and wisdom. All of Tyler's novels are wonderful; thisher tenthis the best yet.
?INDISPUTABLY HER BEST BOOK . . .
It leaves one aching with pleasure and pain.?
?The Washington Post
?Hilarious . . . and touching . . . Anne Tyler is a wise and perceptive writer with a warm understanding of human foibles.?
?St. Louis Post-Dispatch
?Comic . . . Sweetly perverse . . . A novel animated by witty invention and lively personalities.?
?Anne Tyler [is] covering common ground with uncommon insight. . . . Convincingly real.?