Foreign Affairs A Novel Author:Alison Lurie WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE — 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 sat... more »isfying 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.”
“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.”
“If you manage to read only a few good novels a year, make this one of them.”
An extremely well written character study of two American academics in London whose paths cross as each finds love and passion. Virginia Miner, a 50ish unmarried tenured professor, is an Anglophile on leave to reearch a book. Fred Turner, a teacher at the same university, is recently separated, flat broke and miserable in this city where rain never seems to end. The book starts slowly, but is a terrific read.
Beautifully, beautifully written book with elevated vocabulary and a keen sense of human emotion. Lurie touched on some human issues in this book that I've never read more accurately described. The tone of the book was a bit like Lurie portrayed the English - reserved, quiet, contemplative, academic. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys a cerebral story. The fact that it won the Pulitzer is just secondary - it's an astounding book.
A Pulitzer Prize winning novel - This book has one of the most memorable opening lines in any book I've read. "On a cold blowy February day a woman is boarding the ten a.m. flight to London, followed by an invisible dog."
The story is a witty charming transatlantic comedy. I enjoyed it very much.