Truth and Consequences: A Novel

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Viking, 2005 - Fiction - 232 pages
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“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 Consequencesis one of Lurie’s finest works, echoing her popular university novels Foreign Affairsand The War Between the Tates.

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User Review  - Doug - Goodreads

I vacillated between one star and two. I considered two because I liked the comeuppance of the worst character at the end. Good points: It was short. The good people find happiness in the end. Bad ... Read full review

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Another delightful look at human frailty tempered by hope. Read full review


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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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