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The Accidental Tourist Mass Market Paperback – May 7, 2002
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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.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A beautiful, incandescent, heartbreaking, exhilarating book... There's magic in it... comic scenes that explode with joy."-- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
"Brilliant...poignant [and] funny...One of her best." -- Larry McMurtry, The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When Macon Leary's son is killed in a burger joint robbery, his life comes to an end. Frozen within himself he mechanically goes through the motions of living, but he is dead inside. Unable to give or take comfort from his wife, his marriage falls apart. He is left to live alone with his rituals and a vicious and uncontrolled dog, Edward. He pulls further and further into himself. When the dog hospital refuses to board Edward so Macon can travel to England to write another of his dreary guidebooks for business travelers who want to feel they never left home, he is forced to find an alternative. On impulse, he chooses the Meow-Bow Animal Hospital, and his life is never the same.
He meets Muriel, the dog trainer, and she turns his life upside-down. She is everything he isn't: spontaneous, free, happy-go-lucky.
How their relationship develops and how he finds himself breaking out of his dreary routine against himself, supplies with bulk of the novel. Rich in observation and free of the usual romance tropes, this delightful novel delights and entertains at every turn. Highly recommended.
Macon's income is derived from writing "Accidental Tourist" travel books even though he seems to hate traveling. He has to board Ethan's dog Edward who is very badly behaved when he makes trips. Muriel who works at a facility that boards animals offers to train Edward.
Macon decides to organize the house and household chores. He views himself as organized, but he is very compulsive and very weird. For example, instead of using the washer and dryer, he takes his clothes off in the shower and "washes" them with his feet and hangs them up to dry. After breaking a bone in a fall, Macon goes to live with his sister Rose. It soon becomes apparent that Rose and their brothers are also exceedingly compulsive.
Muriel seems to view Macon as a possible catch and keeps pushing him to date her and have sex with her. She is completely different from Macon. She is impulsive, pushy and messy. She is not a person he would choose to date. However, he is lonely and she is pushy and they keep seeing one another, because Edward behaves so badly and needs training and when Macon travels, Edward has to be boarded.
The book is both character and plot driven. It is full of tension too as Macon tries to deal with Muriel who is looking for marriage and a boss who wants book drafts yesterday.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and especially recommend it to those who like reading about quirky people.