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The Accidental Tourist doc ´ Kindle Edition Í hannahredhead É 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 endsS and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel a deliciously peculiar dog obedie I've been meaning to read Anne Tyler for years and when podcast guest Rebecca Smith Jane Austen's 5x great niece said she thought Tyler should be recommended reading for Jane Austen fans I finally took the plunge This was an enjoyable read that wasn't anything like I expected and was relatable in surprising ways Now I want to read Anne Tyler of course The uestion is which one?
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Nce trainer who up ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life Julie and Joe talk about Anne Tyler and Larry McMurtry as a writer who accurately communicates my desire to read and write about the two things that mean the most to me in this life heart and groin Which Julie lol groin that's right there with moist on the list of Words That Could Technically Be About Sex But Will Kill The Mood Right Dead oh yes babyis your groin moist right nowwhat were we talking about? Right this person whom I've never read but now she's going on the listAddendum Julie Joe agree that this isn't even the right book I should start with Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
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The Accidental TouristMacon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary He is grounded by lonelines Love is in the air or maybe anxiously repressed in February and my romantic literature jag concludes with The Accidental Tourist the 1985 novel by Anne Tyler and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction that year Like all of my reads in the shortest month of the year this was my introduction to the author and I found much of Tyler's story to be an absolute delight This is a novel by and for mature adults that finds a wonderful balance between the melancholy of losing a child and long term spouse in the same year and the excitement of meeting someone new with its awkwardness miscommunication and urges to flee to the familiarThe story focuses on Macon Leary a methodical and steady man of 42 who's introduced driving himself and his mercurial wife Sarah home from a beach vacation that wrapped up early when neither found the heart for it His wife sports a suntan Macon does not His determination to keep driving through a heavy rainstorm despite Sarah's apprehension escalates into her declaration that she can't live with him any and wants to move out Their house in an older part of Balti is left to Macon to occupy alone with Edward a Welsh corgi which belonged to the couple's only child Ethan murdered at the age of 12 along with the other diners in a fast food restaurantMacon is a reluctant travel writer author of a series of guidebooks called The Accidental Tourist catering to businessmen and others forced into foreign locales when they'd prefer the comforts of home Twelve years ago Macon was sort of helping run a bottle cap factory inherited with his brothers Charles and Porter from their grandfather Macon's interest in writing and working for a newspaper led to an article in a local weekly on a crafts fair The article was all about Macon's fussiness at the fair but caught the attention of Julian Edge publisher of Businessman's Press who identified a niche and offered Macon a job It was one of Macon's bad habits to start itching to go home too early No matter how short a stay he'd planned partway through he would decide that he ought to leave that he'd allowed himself far too much time that everything truly necessary had already been accomplished or almost everything almost accomplished Then the rest of the visit was spent in phone calls to travel agents and fruitless trips to airline offices and standby waits that came to nothing so that he was forced to return to the hotel he'd just checked out of He always promised himself this wouldn't happen again but somehow it always did In England it happened on his fourth afternoon What was there to do? he started wondering Hadn't he got the gist of the place?Neither Macon or his dog Edward take it well when Sarah moves out and their sorry state contributes to Macon slipping down the basement stairs and breaking his leg To recuperate Macon moves back home to be taken care of by his sister Rose a fixer who also cares for his gifted but socially challenged brothers Charles and Porter as well as the neighborhood's elderly Edward terrorizes the household to the point where the siblings read Macon the riot act For help he turns to Muriel Pritchett an animal caretaker he left Edward with at the Meow Bow Animal Hospital before his trip to England Nothing about Muriel from her frizzy hair to her eclectic fashion sense to her youth appeals to Macon who has never dated anyone except his stately wife Sarah and has little interest in starting He ignores Muriel's overtures to meet for a drink or to let her cook him dinner despite observing a cockiness that impresses him Muriel works wonders with Edward but when Macon learns from a co worker that she has a seven year old son he attempts to cancel their dinner date terrified of emotional involvement Muriel gets Macon to open up about his late son and in comforting him the relationship blossoms Macon begins spending time at Muriel's home in an impoverished section of Balti sleeping over cleaning up