Alison Lurie
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Alison Lurie

Alison Lurie (b. 1926) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of fiction and nonfiction. Born in Chicago and raised in White Plains, New York, she joined the English department at Cornell University in 1970, where she taught courses on children's literature, among others. Her first novel, Love and Friendship (1962), is a story of romance and deception among the faculty of a snowbound New England college. It won favorable reviews and established her as a keen observer of love in academia. It was followed by the well-received The Nowhere City (1966) and The War Between the Tates (1974). In 1984, she published Foreign Affairs, her best-known novel, which traces the erotic entanglements of two American professors in England. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985. Her most recent novel is The Last Resort (1998). In addition to her novels, Lurie's interest in children's literature led to three collections of folk tales and two critical studies of the genre. Lurie officially retired from Cornell in 1998, but continues to teach and write. In 2012, she was awarded a two-year term as the official author of the state of New York. Lurie lives in Ithaca, New York, and is married to the writer Edward Hower. She has three grown sons and three grandchildren.

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    • Foreign Affairs

    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 169
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    Virginia Miner, a 50-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children's folk rhymes....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Margaret on 03-16-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The War Between the Tates

    • A Novel
    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Judith West
    • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    When a wife reaches her breaking point, and her husband begins an ill-advised affair, civil war breaks out within their family....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So Sixties. So Current.

    • By David on 07-20-18

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Real People

    • A Novel
    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Lesa Wilson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
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    At an artistic Garden of Eden, one writer finds that serpents lurk in every corner....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Other reviewers have loved it, me ... not so much

    • By John S. on 08-12-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Nowhere City

    • A Novel
    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    A young couple from New England's Ivy League plunges into a culture clash during a year in Los Angeles....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Truth and Consequences

    • A Novel
    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Jamie Heinlein
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Truth and Consequences is a comedy about love and its disguises, and about identity and change, about small disasters and sudden attractions that can turn even the most stable relationship....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Monotonous reading

    • By Juli on 02-20-11

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Imaginary Friends

    • A Novel
    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Tom McCann, a professor of sociology, and his young assistant, Roger, infiltrate a religious cult group based in New York State, deciding it will make excellent study material....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Last Resort

    • A Novel
    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Tara Ochs
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    At the end of his tether, a writer travels to Key West with his wife. She's hoping to cheer him up, but he's hoping for something more fatal....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Only Children

    • A Novel
    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
    • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the midst of the Great Depression, two families spend a holiday weekend together--but while their daughters cement their friendship, their parents tear their marriages apart....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Women and Ghosts

    • By: Alison Lurie
    • Narrated by: Liz Thompson
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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    The author of The War Between the Tates and the Pulitzer prize-winning Foreign Affairs now brings her irresistible wit to the ghost story....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • predictable story lines

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-05-15

    Regular price: $19.95

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