Tyler, Anne "The Accidental Tourist" - 1985
I have read this book a couple of years ago. I know I didn't dislike it but it didn't leave a huge memory either which is usually the case when I wasn't that impressed.
Anne Tyler was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for "The Accidental Tourist" in 1986.
From the back cover: "How does a man addicted to routine cope with the chaos of everyday life? Macon does his best, writing Armchair Tourist guidebooks that soothe the travel-hating businessman. Even when his son, Ethan, is murdered and his wife leaves him, Macon folds his anguish neatly back into place and adapts the household routine along more efficient lines. So when he meets Muriel, dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic - an utterly chaotic, outrageous, vulnerable woman - he considers that his defences against love and pain are in excellent working order."
I also read "A Patchwork Planet" and "Digging to America" as well as "A Spool of Blue Thread", really liked the two last ones.