"One can read Lurie as one might read Jane Austen, with continual delight," Joyce Carol Oates has said about novelist Alison Lurie. And author John Fowles has remarked, "There is no American writer I have read with more consistent pleasure and sympathy over the years." Now, with her fine new novel, Lurie returns to the setting that have delighted her fans throughout her long career— the university campus.
An energetic and attractive forty, Jane Mackenzie is the administrative director at Corinth University’s Center for the Humanities. Unfortunately, her formerly healthy and athletic husband Alan, a history fellow at the center, has suffered a debilitating back injury and is becoming more and more dependent on Jane. But with the arrival of Delia Delaney, a pre-Raphaelite beauty, bestselling writer, and the newest celebrity at the center, Alan gradually begins to recover, becoming well enough for a not-so-harmless liaison. Meanwhile, Jane, who all her life has tried to be a good woman, finds herself falling in love with Delia’s husband.
A modern social satire that recalls the best of David Lodge and Mary McCarthy, Truth and Consequences is one of Lurie’s finest works, echoing her popular university novels Foreign Affairs and The War Between the Tates.
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"A wily, shapely tale of love’s labors lost."
"A wry, insightful, thoroughly enjoyable tale about how men and women choose their demons and their lovers, and the sacrifices they’re willing to make for both."
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Delightful . . . Her characters are, as always, wonderfully imperfect."
— The New York Review of Books
Alison Lurie is the author of many novels, including The War Between the Tates, The Truth About Lorin Jones (winner of the Prix Femina Étranger), Foreign Affairs (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and The Last Resort. Her most recent book was Boys and Girls Forever: Children’s Classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter. She teaches writing, folklore, and literature at Cornell University and divides her time between Ithaca, New York, and Key West, Florida.
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