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Truth and Consequences by Alison Lurie
With Truth and Consequences, Alison Lurie returns to Corinth University (a thinly disguised Cornell where she's a professor), and tells the story of Jane and Alan Mackenzie. She's 40, still fit and attractive and the administrative director for the university's Center for the Humanities. Her husband, Alan, is in his early 50s and suffering from a debilitating back injury. Jane has tried to nurse and pamper him, but Alan draws away from her. When Delia Delaney, a bestselling writer and the newest celebrity at the center, takes an interest in Alan, he's quick to have an affair with her. Untrustworthy of any of Delia's motives, the lonely Alison finds herself falling into Henry Hull's affectionate arms. Set against the petty squabbles, politics, and foibles of academia, this foursome must face the consequences of their actions. Truth and Consequences has received mostly positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News saying, "Truth and Consequences is a brilliant romp through the complex relationships of academics and their spouses. Lurie has created a novel that both pokes fun and commiserates with her characters, a tough feat and a wonderful read."