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Foreign Affairs

(1984)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
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 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.


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Praise for this book

"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


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Hardback Editions

May 1990 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-7857-9953-2 / 978-0-7857-9953-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Econo-Clad Books
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May 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-89621-625-X / 978-0-89621-625-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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January 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-7181-2516-9 / 978-0-7181-2516-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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August 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-394-54076-X / 978-0-394-54076-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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August 1984 : Hardback
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 5553117828 / 978-5553117825
Publisher: Random House Trade
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Paperback Editions

November 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Foreign Affairs: A Novel
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-8129-7631-2 / 978-0-8129-7631-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
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January 1990 : USA Paperback

Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-606-21889-0 / 978-0-606-21889-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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July 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-7493-9793-4 / 978-0-7493-9793-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-380-70990-2 / 978-0-380-70990-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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November 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-349-10252-X / 978-0-349-10252-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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November 1985 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-380-89887-X / 978-0-380-89887-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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January 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Foreign Affairs (Abacus Books)
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 0-349-12215-6 / 978-0-349-12215-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
ISBN: 1-5113-9475-7 / 978-1-5113-9475-8
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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December 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Foreign Affairs: A Novel
Author(s): Alison Lurie
Publisher: Open Road Media
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December 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Foreign Affairs
Author(s): Alison Lurie
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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