Foreign Affairs

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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 03-16-12


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I don't remember what attracted me to this title, probably the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. But, now I'm reading all of Alison Lurie's novels and it turns out there is one family that connects the books so it's worth the effort to read them in sequence. I wish I'd realized that because Foreign Affairs is somewhere in the middle, though it works as a stand alone novel as well. Beautifully written.

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13 of 14 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Lori on 09-16-15

Laura Ashley dress reference brought me back!

Being nearly 50 myself, I've been looking for books that have older female protagonists. I'm curious about how others of that age navigate life. This one did feel a bit outdated, being written in the 80's, but it was a fun listen. I had to laugh when she talked about wearing her flowery Laura Ashley dress! Vinnie, the main character, is a bit of a fuss-budget, but she experiences some growth, in that she starts out far more of a snob than she ends up. I thought it was a good expat book. Being an expat myself, I heard a lot of my own thoughts echoed in the characters here. While there are some who question the book's winning a Pulitzer, saying it was just a romance novel, I think they missed a lot of the insights that were explored, the struggles we experience when our identities are challenged and the ways in which we miss having relationships with people because we are so worried about how hanging out with someone who is different from us will affect the ways in which others see us. It reveals that those assumptions we make about others can be so misguided. There's a lot of affectionate poking fun at pretentiousness, and one can't deny that many of us engage in that behavior. And I know I have my own invisible dog :-) I'm glad I'm not the only one. Come along Fido.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Forest on 09-08-13

Clever Title

If you could sum up Foreign Affairs in three words, what would they be?

Characters diverse and interesting

What was one of the most memorable moments of Foreign Affairs?

When one character had been posing as two.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?


Who was the most memorable character of Foreign Affairs and why?

The actress

Any additional comments?

Yes- I am submitting this review only because it,s important that your narrators pronounce locations, people,s names etc. properly. In the age of the Internet , it is inexcusable, it would take two minutes to find out how the composer Purcell is said and Muskogee as in the turnpike. Very unprofessional and downright lazy!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sojourner on 04-23-17

Just Right

Not what I'd imagined, it had a few curve balls. I enjoyed it, want to read more by this author.

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1 out of 5 stars
By sally on 02-10-17


Boring and pseudo clever. One of the worst ever and a total waste of time.

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