09 May 2012

The Accidental Tourist ~ Anne Tyler

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Winner : National Book Critics Circle Award 1995

A more than pleasant diversion
Lightweight but with depth

I needed something while travelling and this was just right.  It wasn't challenging but it was engrossing.  The story flowed convincingly and the characters were well constructed and their actions believable.  The eccentricities of the family and the foibles of Muriel (and Edward, the dog) are wryly amusing and the combined quirkiness of all the characters drew you in to their benighted lives.

Touching, funny ... just a good old fashioned nice read  ... lightweight enough to disappear into but well written enough to hold you captive (even if I wasn't fussed about the ending)!