The Accidental Tourist is a novel by Anne Tyler, published in 1985. The novel deals with themes of loss, estrangement, love and reconciliation. After their son his shot to death, Macon and Sarah Leary's marriage falls apart and Sarah moves out. Macon is injured after a fall and goes to stay with his weird siblings--Rose, Porter and Charles. Eventually Macon begins a relationship with Muriel Pritchett, a woman he hires to train his dog, and when his wife discovers this, tension ensues.