Pulitzer Prize Winner 1985
“If you’re coming to Lurie for the first time, you must begin with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Foreign Affairs.”—Guardian
“I am convinced that Alison Lurie’s fiction will long outlast that of many currently more fashionable names. There is no American writer I have read with more constant pleasure and sympathy over the years. Foreign Affairs earns the same shelf as Henry James and Edith Wharton.” —Sunday Times
Vinnie Miner is an American professor of children's literature on her way to London for six months of research. Settling into her aeroplane seat she finds herself accosted by Chuck, a brash engineer wearing cowboy boots. She never imagines she'll see him again. But wet, windy London turns out to be the setting for fresh beginnings, and for Vinnie, a place to take up space, breathe the air, and to refuse to become a minor character in one's own life.
Foreign Affairs is a comic, heart-wrenching masterpiece of unexpected romance.