The Accidental Tourist Questions and Answers
by Anne Tyler

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Discuss why Macon chooses Muriel rather than Sarah in The Accidental Tourist. How does the title provide an important clue in understanding the story?

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In Anne Tyler’s novel, Macon and Sarah Leary are a married couple grieving for their son, Ethan, who was murdered. Not only was this terrible loss heart-wrenching for both of them, but the absence of their child makes them realize how powerful his role had been in holding their family together. The different directions that each parent goes in trying to cope with the tragedy in part accentuate certain aspects of...

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