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Foreign Affairs

Alison Lurie

Published by Random House, 1984
ISBN 10: 039454076X / ISBN 13: 9780394540764
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Title: Foreign Affairs

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.


Flat SIGNED by Allison Lurie on the half title page. The volume has light spotting on the front endpaper. The unclipped dustjacket is rubbed at the spine ends and corners, has a crease on the front flap, and is age toned on the flap extremities. The jacket is in protective mylar. Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Bookseller Inventory # 1007240010

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Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children?s folk rhymes. Despite carrying a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels essentially English and rather looks down on her fellow Americans. But in spite of that, she is drawn into a mortifying and oddly satisfying affair with an Oklahoman tourist who dresses more Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel.

Also in London is Vinnie?s colleague Fred Turner, a handsome, flat broke, newly separated, and thoroughly miserable young man trying to focus on his own research. Instead, he is distracted by a beautiful and unpredictable English actress and the world she belongs to.

Both American, both abroad, and both achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their confused alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie?s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Smartly written, poignant, and witty, Foreign Affairs remains an enduring comic masterpiece.

?A splendid comedy, very bright, brilliantly written in a confident and original manner. The best book by one of our finest writers.?
?Elizabeth Hardwick

?There is no American writer I have read with more constant pleasure and sympathy. . . . Foreign Affairs earns the same shelf as Henry James and Edith Wharton.?
?John Fowles

?If you manage to read only a few good novels a year, make this one of them.?
? USA Today

?An ingenious, touching book.?
? Newsweek

?A flawless jewel.?
? Philadelphia Inquirer

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About the Author: Alison Lurie's non fiction books include studies of folklore and children's literature, and her novels include such favourites as The War Between the Tates, Foreign Affairs, The Truth about Lorin Jones and Last Resort.

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