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By Alison Lurie


Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, single tenured professor, is in London to paintings on her new ebook approximately children’s folks rhymes. regardless of sporting a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels basically English and really appears to be like down on her fellow american citizens. yet despite that, she is drawn right into a mortifying and oddly pleasant 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 examine. as a substitute, he's distracted via a gorgeous and unpredictable English actress and the realm she belongs to.

Both American, either in another country, and either achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their burdened alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. neatly written, poignant, and witty, Foreign Affairs continues to be an everlasting comedian masterpiece.

“A the best option comedy, very vivid, brilliantly written in a convinced and unique demeanour. the easiest ebook by means of certainly one of our best writers.”
–Elizabeth Hardwick

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

“If you have the ability to learn just a couple of sturdy novels a 12 months, make this one among them.”
USA Today

“An creative, touching book.”

“A ideal jewel.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

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