Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

Book - 1984 | 1st Random House ed
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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.
A flawless jewel.
-Philadelphia Inquirer From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1984
Edition: 1st Random House ed
ISBN: 9780394540764
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 15, 2016

I found this book a bit on the dry side, but loved what she said about the invisibility and neutered quality that society places on older women. It definitely picked up as I read on, and became quite comical too. Glad I read it!


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