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Love and Friendship

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  171 Ratings  ·  12 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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Oct 30, 2012 Rita rated it liked it
Shelves: american-fiction
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Goodreaders seem to find Lurie [b 1926] outdated.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
Jun 11, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
Alison Lurie's first novel is already sophisticated and savvy. It is domestic fiction set on a New England boy's college campus with stodgy faculty, bohemian types, a gay writer, and a spoiled rich young woman flirting with infidelity. Highly readable and the kind of book that presaged the modern age in so many ways.
May 08, 2015 Chris added it
Read a bunch of Lurie's books when I was at Cornell, where she's a local hero. Looking back over the synopses, this is the only one I really remember but I'm sure I read several others. I guess only the weird tone stuck with me and not any of the plot points…
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Sep 08, 2008 Blaire added it
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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.
Jun 01, 2008 Joan rated it it was ok
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.
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Aug 14, 2013 Della Scott marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 28, 2008 Jenny rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I remember picking this book up based on it's setting and finishing it just for the sake of finishing it.
Feb 28, 2012 Ju rated it liked it
I'm sure this was scandalous back in the day.
Aug 25, 2011 Linda rated it liked it
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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