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By Alison Lurie


Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, single tenured professor, is in London to paintings on her new publication approximately children’s folks rhymes. regardless of sporting a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels primarily English and fairly seems to be down on her fellow american citizens. yet inspite of that, she is drawn right into a mortifying and oddly gratifying affair with an Oklahoman vacationer who clothes extra Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel.

Also in London is Vinnie’s colleague Fred Turner, a good-looking, flat broke, newly separated, and carefully depressing younger guy attempting to concentrate on his personal study. as an alternative, he's distracted through a gorgeous and unpredictable English actress and the area she belongs to.

Both American, either in another country, and either achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their harassed alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. neatly written, poignant, and witty, Foreign Affairs is still a permanent comedian masterpiece.

“A excellent comedy, very vibrant, brilliantly written in a convinced and unique demeanour. the easiest e-book via one among our best writers.”
–Elizabeth Hardwick

“There isn't any American author i've got learn with extra consistent excitement and sympathy. . . . Foreign Affairs earns an identical shelf as Henry James and Edith Wharton.”
–John Fowles

“If you have the capacity to learn just a couple of solid novels a yr, make this certainly one of them.”
USA Today

“An inventive, touching book.”

“A perfect jewel.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

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