Anne Tyler: The Accidental Tourist

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The Accidental Tourist (1985), Anne Tyler’s tenth novel, was the second in a triumvirate of consecutively published works that cemented the author’s reputation as an important contemporary American writer. Sandwiched between her widely-praised and often-taught Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (1982) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Breathing Lessons (1988), The Accidental Tourist affords readers an opportunity to experience Tyler’s straightforward yet intimate storytelling style, with her signature focus on residents of Baltimore, Maryland USA, and how unexpected events can catapult an individual into full-blown life reassessment, repair, and renewal.

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Donohue, Cecilia. "The Accidental Tourist". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 December 2013
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