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Love and Friendship

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Faculty wife Emily Stockwell Turner is beautiful, rich, and principled. However, five years in a marriage devoid of passion and virtuosity is enough to propel Emmy, despite herself, into an affair with cocky, silver-tongued Will Thomas, a music instructor at Convers College and a self-confessed libertine. A fire, a student riot, academic struggles and scandals, and some am...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published June 18th 2001 by Owl Books (NY) (first published 1962)
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1962, her first novel.
Goodreaders seem to find Lurie [b 1926] outdated. Altho she is nearly a generation older than me, I still like all her books. They are light to read, yet share a lot of insight into people, and there's plenty you can think about.

Amherst College, Mass., is where Lurie's husband taught 1957-61. She changes the name, but it's that place. [And Amherst stayed men-only until 1970]
CLASS - lots of discussion and showing of class differences, the main character coming from a wealthy...more
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This is a portrait of life amongst the faculty of a small New England college that is tucked away in the mountains in what sounds like New Hampshire or Vermont. There is not much of a plot - it's a character-driven sort of book. I was beginning to find the female protagonist tiresome, and I suspect that none of the characters would have changed much from the beginning to the end of the book. All in all, not enough to retain my interest. I didn't finish it, so I haven't rated it.
About a woman who is married and then has a torrid affair with a music profassor. She is wealthy her husband isn't. Will she stay with her husband or go with her her lover... she stays
Eléonore Le Monnier
Laborieux, bien que le personnage d'Emily soit attachant. C'est aussi son premier livre, donc moins abouti et mordant que Liaisons Etrangères lu précédemment, d'où ma déception.
Della Scott
Aug 14, 2013 Della Scott marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I remember picking this book up based on it's setting and finishing it just for the sake of finishing it.
I'm sure this was scandalous back in the day.
3.5 for this love triangle in a college town.
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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 colle...more
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