Truth and Consequences (Magill's Literary Annual 2006)
Using the same setting as her War Between the Tates (1974), Alison Lurie has placed Truth and Consequences in the college town of Corinth, loosely modeled after Ithaca, New York, the location of Cornell University, where Lurie has taught in the English department for more than thirty years. As with many of her other novels, including her Pulitzer Prize-winning Foreign Affairs (1984), Lurie focuses in Truth and Consequences on middle-class professional couples from academia as they struggle through the vicissitudes of everyday life and endure midlife crises.
Alan MacKenzie, a professor of architectural history, is an acknowledged expert on eighteenth century architecture, a creator of follies, models of architectural ruins, and a recently named fellow at the Matthew Unger Center for the Humanities, which his wife, Jane, directs. For sixteen years the two have enjoyed a satisfying marriage, being friends, lovers, and helpmates to each other. Their marriage had been stress-free and untested until Alan, priding himself on his vitality and welcoming the opportunity to display it at a departmental picnic, plays volleyball, injuring his back. Fifteen months later, he cannot sit for an entire meal, moans when he gets up, and no longer drives a car. He has tried physical therapy, pain pills, acupuncture, injections of cortisone,...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2006)
Booklist 102, no. 1 (September 1, 2005): 65.
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