Synopses & Reviews
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.
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. Then he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who upends Macon s insular world and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.
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. Newsday