Title: Foreign Affairs
Author: Lurie, Allison
Publisher: The Franklin Library, Pennsylvania
Publication Date: 1984
Edition: SIGNED First Edition
Book Condition: As New
Comments: No d-j issued. A fine copy bound in red leather with raised spine bands, gilt lettering and marbled endpapers. This limited first edition has been privately printed, and signed by the author exclusively for members of The Signed First Edition Society.
Synopsis: 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.