Foreign Affairs Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the story of two English professors from the same University who are taking sabbaticals in London at the same time. Vinnie Minor is fifty four, of unremarkable appearance, a tenured professor, and the author of several books on children's playground rhymes. She loves London, and enjoys her career, but she feels that at her age, her days of excitement and romance are over. Then she meets Chuck Mumpson, an unsophisticated American tourist, who is a most unlikely choice for her foreign affair.
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Fred Turner, the other professor, is twenty nine, handsome, untenured, and struggling to find enough money to pay for his sabbatical. In London, he meets the television actress Lady Rosemary Radley who is older than he is, well off, and possessive. Again, a very unlikely candidate for his foreign affair.

Fred and Vinnie barely know each other, and their stories are told in alternating chapters. They are both charming characters and the reader will sympathize with their problems. There is also wonderful humor in this Pulitzer Prize winning book.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   teacher Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Lover is    -   much younger/older

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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