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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and 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. Tyler is the author of twenty novels; and her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. 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 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."--Time "Anne Tyler [is] covering common ground with uncommon insight. . . . Convincingly real."--People