Macon and Sarah have lost a child, Ethan, and this tragedy has torn them apart and Sarah decides to leave. Macon is a very quirky person, unconventional and unsociable. He likes everything to be very controlled and organized. He works as a travel guide writer for business men who really don't want to be away from home and advises on how to cope in strange cities by keeping everything as similar as possible to life at home.
Macon's dog is uncontrollable and frequently attacks people and this is how he comes to meet Muriel who works as a dog trainer. She is the opposite of him - casual, untidy, talkative and sociable. He is drawn to her and her child, Alexander, a weakly child who in turn warms to Macon.
I adored this book. There are some beautiful characterisations - a whole range of quirky, oddball people. I found myself empathising with Macon's heartbreak at losing his son and his genuine confusion about life. I desperately wanted to get to the end to find out what happened!
There is even a heartwarming subplot of his siblings and his editor....