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The Accidental Tourist

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The Accidental Tourist is a novel by Anne Tyler. The book was made into a movie in 1988.

The Novel

The plot revolves around a travel writer whose son has been killed in a senseless shooting. He and his wife, separately lost in grief, find their marriage beginning to crumble, until she eventually moves out. When he hires an eccentric young woman to train his unruly dog, he finds himself drifting into a relationship with her, then has to decide if he should reconcile with his wife when she returns. It won the 1985 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

The Film

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The novel was filmed in 1988. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright, Bill Pullman, David Ogden Stiers, and Ed Begley Jr.. The movie was adapted by Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan, who also directed it.

It won Davis the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and Best Music, Original Score.

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