The Accidental Tourist

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The Accidental Tourist

By Anne Tyler

Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345452009, 352pp.

Publication Date: April 9, 2002

#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

About the Author
Anne Tylerwas 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."

Praise For The Accidental Tourist

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.”