ANNE TYLER is the author of more than twenty novels. Her eleventh novel, 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.
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 Rose. 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. BOMC main selection. Janet Wiehe, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.
"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
"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."--Time "Anne Tyler [is] covering common ground with uncommon insight. . . . Convincingly real."--People