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The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
  

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February 2011 Guest Editor Carmen Reid on Anne Tyler...

This wonderful American writer gets everything so right about people. She understands just what makes us tick and she observes it all so carefully. She also has a deep and lovely sense of humour. The Accidental Tourist is the perfect novel if you ask me. There’s heartbreaking sadness all the way through as irritatingly uptight, perfectionist Macon tries to come to terms with the death of his son. But then this quirky, loving dog-trainer girl, Muriel Pritchett, is just desperate to get through to him and bring him back to life. It’s so funny, so terribly sad and so true. Just genius. There’s even a Jack Russell.

If you like Anne Tyler you might also like to read books by Tracy Chevalier, Maggie Shipstead and Allegra Goodman.

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Synopsis

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

How does a man addicted to routine - a man who flosses his teeth before love-making - cope with the chaos of everyday life? With the loss of his son, the departure of his wife and the arrival of Muriel, a dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic, Macon's attempts at ordinary life are tragically and comically undone.


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Her masterpiece Daily Mail Brilliant, funny, sad and sensitive Independent on Sunday Anne Tyler gets better with every book, and this one is a triumph - funny, profound, sad and ultimately reassuring Sunday Telegraph Warmly entertaining and sharply organised against cuteness or mush Guardian The Accidental Tourist is one of Anne Tyler's best books New York Times A beautiful, incandescent, heartbreaking, exhilarating book... The Accidental Tourist cuts so close to the bone that it leaves one aching with pleasure and pain. Words fail me: one cannot reasonably expect fiction to be much better than this Washington Post Everything this author writes is shot through with intelligent insight, humour and humanity Daily Mail


About the Author

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. This is Anne Tyler’s sixteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore. In 2012 Anne Tyler was the winner of the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

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Publication date

3rd January 1998

Author

Anne Tyler

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099480013

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