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Reading Group Guide

1. Would you characterize yourself as an accidental tourist in your

own life? Do you know anyone you might consider an accidental

tourist?

2. What kind of traveler are you? Would you find Macon's guides

helpful?

3. Macon has come up with a technique to avoid contact with others

on airplanes. Public transportation can lead to an awkward intimacy

with strangers. How do you handle such situations? Does

Macon's approach work for you?

4. There was no memorial service for Ethan in Baltimore. Whose

idea do you think that was? Do you agree with Garner, Macon's

neighbor, who chastises him for not having one?

5. Macon's style of mourning offends many people, including his

wife. Do their complaints have any merit?

6. According to Macon, "it was their immunity to time that made the

dead so heartbreaking." Discuss the meaning of this statement.

7. What is the significance of Macon and Susan's conversation about

Ethan? What do they each gain from it?

8. Why doesn't Macon repair his house after it is seriously damaged

by water?

9. The loss of a child can be devastating to a marriage. How do you

think a relationship survives such a cataclysmic event?

10. Macon believes he became a different person for Sarah. How

much do we change in the name of love? How much should we

change?

11. Do you think Sarah ever really understood Macon?

12. Macon realizes that while he and Sarah tried too hard to have a

child, once they had Ethan, it made their differences that much

more glaring. Do you think they would have remained together if

Ethan had lived?

13. Macon remarks that "he just didn't want to get involved" with

Muriel and her messy life, but somehow he has. Does this ring

true? Did Muriel simply overwhelm him?

14. Initially, Macon and Alexander are very wary of each other. Discuss

the nature of Macon and Alexander's relationship and what

they have to offer each other.

15. Rose decides to love Julian despite her brothers' obvious disapproval.

What do you think drives her to make such a difficult

decision?

16. Julian describes Rose's retreat back to the Leary house as though

she'd worn herself a groove or something in that house of hers,

and she couldn't help swerving back into it. Do you think Rose

has made a mistake?

17. Do you find yourself as fascinated by the Learys as Julian is? Why

or why not?

18. When Rose declares that she and her siblings are the most conventional

people she knows, Macon cannot explain why he disagrees

with her. Can you?

19. Do you think the Learys' will ever purchase an answering

machine? Do you think Julian might slip one in the house?

20. Do you or does anyone you know suffer from geographic

dyslexia?

21. Why does Sarah return to Macon? Do you think they could have

worked it out or had they used each other up?

22. Macon does not think he has ever taken steps in his life and acted.

Do you think this insight is accurate, or is it a product of the helplessness

he feels in the wake of his son's death?

23. Do you think Macon has made the right decision in the end? Will

the relationship work out?

24. Do you think any of the couples in this novel stand a chance?

25. In the end, Macon comforts himself with the thought that perhaps

the dead age, and are part of the flow of time. Does this idea comfort

you?

26. If you could learn more about a particular character in this novel,

which would it be and why?

27. Would your group recommend this novel to other reading

groups? How does this novel compare to other works the group

has read?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345452009
Author:
Tyler, Anne
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Men
Subject:
Travel writing
Subject:
Baltimore
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 6.
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.22x5.56x.77 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345452009 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Tyler has given us an endlessly diverting book whose strength gathers gradually to become a genuinely thrilling one."
"Review" by , "Poignant...funny....Tyler has never been stronger."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , “POIGNANT . . . FUNNY . . . THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST IS ONE OF HER BEST. . . . [TYLER] HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER.”

-The New York Times

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 Macons insular world-and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.

“BITTERSWEET . . . EVOCATIVE . . . Its 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

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