First Line: On a cold blowy February day a woman is boarding the ten A.M. flight to London, followed by an invisible dog.
I loved this book. It is witty and serious, a light sauce over a rich dessert full of complex flavors.
I loved the characters and their gradual enlightenment: Fred, the handsome young professor, recently separated from his wife and finding his research in London a lonely proposition; Vinnie, in her fifties, small and plain, but a determined Anglophile whose research grant gives her five months in England. Vinnie and Fred are colleagues from the same American university, but their age difference and divergent interests mean they are acquaintances, not friends. Lurie keeps their stories separate for the most part, but she does intend for the reader to note the contrasts in all manner of ways.
Vinnie surprised me. She undergoes a genuine transformation in her world view. Her way of dealing with difficulties in her life amused me, and I found her, with all of her flaws, delightful.
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Literary Fiction. 1984; 2013. Print version: 304 pages.
- ISBN-10: 0812976312