Truth and Consequences

Truth and Consequences An energetic and attractive forty Jane Mackenzie is the administrative director at Corinth University s Center for the Humanities Unfortunately her formerly healthy and athletic husband Alan a hist

  • Title: Truth and Consequences
  • Author: Alison Lurie
  • ISBN: 9780143038030
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • An energetic and attractive forty, Jane Mackenzie is the administrative director at Corinth University s Center for the Humanities Unfortunately, her formerly healthy and athletic husband Alan, a history fellow at the center, has suffered a debilitating back injury and is becoming and dependent on Jane But with the arrival of Delia Delaney, a pre Raphaelite beaAn energetic and attractive forty, Jane Mackenzie is the administrative director at Corinth University s Center for the Humanities Unfortunately, her formerly healthy and athletic husband Alan, a history fellow at the center, has suffered a debilitating back injury and is becoming and dependent on Jane But with the arrival of Delia Delaney, a pre Raphaelite beauty, bestselling writer, and the newest celebrity at the center, Alan gradually begins to recover, becoming well enough for a not so harmless liaison Meanwhile, Jane, who all her life has tried to be a good woman, finds herself falling in love with Delia s husband.
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    • Ann says:

      This novel has been described as a comedy of manners, a campus novel, a tale of double adultery.As far as I can see it, it's a novel about chronic pain and disability, and how they can kill love. In short, the story goes like this : Alan's back problem, first acute, now chronic, has turned him into an irritable, self-centered couch potato. His devoted wife, Jane, is slowly beginning to resent the pressure of being the smiling self-effacing caregiver. Into their lives come the beautiful but egoti [...]

    • Nancy says:

      I really enjoyed this contemporary novel but if you peruse the GoodReads reviews you'll quickly see that not all readers shared this point of view. So, I'll lay my prejudices on the table:. . . I enjoy reading almost anything set in an academic environment;. . . I am looking for a reading "diet" that includes more than books written before 1960 and/or light mysteries;. . . I am intrigued by the concept of La Belle Dame Sans Merci (literally, the beautiful woman without mercy); and,. . . I like t [...]

    • Sherril says:

      As someone whose marriage didn't make it through the changes and hardship that chronic illness (CI) adds to the already difficult proposition of figuring out how to spend a lifetime together, I thought this book was fascinating. It was a peek into the window of the lives of two couples dealing with that exact situation. One couple already knew they were dealing with chronic illness - migraine - when they married; and the other couple whose chronic illness - back pain - came on after they had bee [...]

    • Sarah says:

      My (extremely vague) impression of Ms. Lurie prior to finding this (and not much else) in the audiobooks section of my library was that she was a Well-Respected and Therefore Not Crazy-Popular Literary Author, thus suggesting that her book would be (how shall I put this) good. Not so. Characters were universally both cliched and one-dimensional, the love plot(s)/wife-swap was implausible, and there was no particularly lovely writing or gripping insight to make up for either of these failings. Th [...]

    • Judy says:

      On a cold blowy February day so begins Foreign Affairs.On a hot midsummer morning so begins Truth and Consequences.Of the two books, I prefer Foreign Affairs. Vinnie Miner does make an appearance (by name only) on p 51.Here we have two marriages, four personalities, two of whom have chronic health problems. Does state of health change a personality, or draw out character traits that are already there?

    • Lara says:

      Alan, made grumpy by his bad back is making it difficult for his wife Jane to be 'good', and their marriage is further threatened when the grotesquely self-centred Delia takes up a celebrity position at the University.Lurie understands humans, their pettiness and secret feelings, and the annoyance of unreliable photo-copiers. Funny, entertaining, with great dialogue and well-drawn characters. Must read more of her.

    • Stephanie says:

      Its been a challenging year and I've seriously neglected documenting my reads.Truth and Consequences was one of the books I completed in 2017.The story of how a couple can become so disconnected is a nice read.I think Ms. Lurie presented a great glimpse of human nature and how easily people especiallycouples misread each other.A very good read.

    • Rachel Pollock says:

      Allison Lurie never disappoints. This book isn't my favorite of hers but it was a good diversion. I feel like it could have used one more round of edits and maybe another 30-40 pages worth of elaboration overall. Abrupt ending.

    • M says:

      Eileen Goudge meets that guy who wrote Beginners Greek - basically, junior high level of maturity and what is called by critics a 'comedy' yet lacks any humor that I, personally, could detect.Seemingly promising premise - a wife whose husband suffers from back pain is at long suffering last sick of his being a caretaker. Ooh thinks I, this is a good conflict. No. Instead, Lurie decides to concoct a ridiculous story with flat characters about how the caretaker has been a saint, constantly chiding [...]

    • Eugenea Pollock says:

      Delia Delaney is the famous author of poetry, essays, and several collections of modern fairy tales; and she is this year's visiting Faculty Fellow at Corinth University. Beautiful, flirtatious, deviously manipulative, she stirs up trouble--professional, sexual, marital--as soon as she arrives. Knight Hall, as well as its academic and administrative personnel, will never be the same. Is she purely a disruptive force, or has she also served as an inspiration, a muse of sorts?Alison Lurie is one o [...]

    • Ruth says:

      Listened to this one. An interesting take on what can happen to a marriage when health issues are involved as well as self esteem. A husband with severe back pain falls for a manipulative visiting professor in the office next to his. A wife who has always been supportive but at her wit's end with his demands falls in love with the husband of her husband's lover!

    • Kat Walter says:

      Empty novel, empty characters. No wonder I found it on a remaindered table. Chronic pain, users and abusersI felt nothing for any of the characters and will remember little of the book after I toss it in the bin.

    • Sarah Nelson says:

      This book was awful. I'm rarely this critical, but the characters were flat, the story cliched. I felt nothing for the characters and there was no real climax. I'm just glad it was so short and that I only paid $2 for it.

    • Mary says:

      An interestting tale of academia along with the problems of being a care-giver and a care-receiver.

    • Linden says:

      I discovered Alison Lurie's novels several years after high school by an unbidden series of events as well as some sins of my own devising. Surprisingly, I became reacquainted with her work in Truth and Consequences, all these decades later. ****Pardon the length. There *is* a review. To skip the reminiscence, go to the seventh paragraph. I met Alison Lurie under her married name, Alison Bishop, as an Amherst College faculty wife. I was then a teenager. My dear friend B.J. babysat for her boys a [...]

    • Emma says:

      I haven't read a book by Alison Lurie in 15 years and I think it was a good idea to pick Truth and Consequences because I was immediately in familiar territory. I've checked and, yes, Foreign Affairs also mentions Corinth and of course, both books deal with academics and their love lives. In truth, nothing much happens during the entire book but it was really fascinating to read alternatively about Jane and Alan's most intimate thoughts, it felt like being inside their heads somehow. Of the 4 ma [...]

    • Lianna says:

      An interesting look into the trajectory of long-term relationships and marriage. Engaging writing that gives an intimate look into love lives of academics, marriage, and affairs. Lurie's stories always seem to paint an intimate picture of characters with their dilemmas, flaws, and sometimes suspect decisions.

    • Libby Sommer says:

      Allison Lurie never lets me down. This book isn't my favorite of hers but it was very entertaining and engrossing. I think it could have benefited with some more editing (repetitions) and more depth in the secondary characters. The ending was not satisfying. Too abrupt. I've given it five stars because its a Good Read.

    • Brenda says:

      I picked this up because it was thin and I had to take Kirk to the hospital and I wanted something that would fit in my purse. It was interesting. I liked the description of the lizard as back pain and Alan's whole description of living with chronic pain. Delia was annoyingspoiled and selfish and tromping on people to get her needs met with no concern about their life or feelings.

    • Carolin says:

      Die Geschichte von Alan und Jane hat mir gut gefallen, auch wenn ich manchmal sehr genervt von Alan war. Der Schreibstil ist schön flüssig und das war bestimmt nicht das letzte Buch, was ich von der Autorin lesen werde 😊

    • Moirad says:

      Campus novel: affairs, guest lecturers and how to deal with them, hypochondria and wry humour.

    • LJ says:

      This is essentially a book about adultery, academic pride and egoism, and if you can look beyond all that, it’s also a comedy.Jane Mackenzie has become the caregiver to her ailing professor husband Alan, after he foolishly reached to return a difficult shot. He was showing off and not remembering that he was getting older, the only one of the professors at the departmental Memorial Day picnic to join the graduate students in their volleyball game. Now it is about one year later and Alan still [...]

    • Josh Ang says:

      A novel about middle-aged couples and the challenges of married life set in an American University. The main couple in this story Jane and Alan Mackenzie finds their picture-perfect lives threatened when Alan throws his back and becomes increasingly an invalid. In comes the flighty and tempestuous novelist Delia Delaney who descends onto the Matthew Unger Center for the Humanities that Jane is director of. Soon Alan, a professor at the College of Architecture, finds himself seduced by this pre-R [...]

    • Lisa says:

      Hmm. I wish I hadn't read this book. I began reading Alison Lurie when she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 with Foreign Affairs and I have fond memories of reading the half dozen books still on my shelves, but Truth and Consequences is a disappointment which has soured my impression of her as an author to recommend.Apart from their literary qualities, I read novels for the insight they bring. But a campus novel about a middle-aged bloke who's lost his way professionally and whose marriage is on t [...]

    • L says:

      This woman writes beautifully and just like her Pulitzer-winning book, this one doesn't disappoint. This is the story of a marriage that was once happy and then fails horribly when a dramatic, manipulative, and mercurial writer arrives as a fellow at the local college. I detested this character from the beginning; she reminded me of Atwood's Zenia from The Robber Bride. Nothing good could possibly come from her presence. Predictably, it didn't. Her emotional exploitation blinds nearly all of the [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      This book did not receive good reviews on GoodReads, but I generally enjoyed the depressing nature of the novel. I wouldn't always enjoy a book that was such a downward spiral, but this week, I relished reading about someone else's problems. I really liked each character and how they were all flawed in various ways, especially Jane who reminded me of how my emotions might flow if I were in a similar situation. For so many pages she was torn between what was "right" and what she "wanted". I liked [...]

    • Sharon says:

      This was an unexpectedly enjoyable book. I listened to it on audiobook, which made all the difference (except for the narrator's lisp). I loved how the lives of Jean and Alan were impacted by Henry and Delia. Jean was a very likable, sturdy character who took dutiful care of Alan since he became incapacitated from his back injury.The duty eroded Jean's desire to take care of Alan, and Alan became resentful that he needed Jean to take care of him. Enter Henry and Delia (married couple).Henry prov [...]

    • Hanny says:

      This book tells of the relationships of two married couples in the background of academia. It is an interesting story of the dynamics and deterioration of these two marriages, when one spouse lives with constant chronic pain and the other spouse is the caregiver. The characters were interesting and very believable. I got the feeling that the writer developed the characters from real people that she's met because I know that I've come across people with similar personality traits and idiosyncrasi [...]

    • Christina Rumbaugh says:

      Jane is discontent with her life. She hardly recognizes her husband Alan who has become a crippled half-version of his former self. He complains constantly and though she knows her life is not the way she wants it, she does little to change it. That is, until accomplished poet Delia Delaney takes up residence at the university where Alan teaches and Jane works. She is conceited, relies on histrionics and is completely narsissistic, trying to suck in anyone she can to do her bidding. Alan falls f [...]

    • Kathryn Bundy says:

      I picked this book up on the cheap shelf at the used book store because it was a Penguin paperback and looked interesting. It was, but not in the way I thought it would be. The 4 main characters were not just unlovable, they all had identifiable personality disorders. Granted, after having been married to a couple of people similar to some of the characters, maybe my view is jaundiced. Sometimes you read a book with which you identify and there is a sense of satisfaction, catharsis even. But thi [...]

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