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By Alison Lurie


Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, single tenured professor, is in London to paintings on her new e-book approximately children’s people rhymes. regardless of sporting a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels primarily English and relatively seems to be down on her fellow americans. yet even with that, she is drawn right into a mortifying and oddly enjoyable affair with an Oklahoman vacationer who attire extra Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel.

Also in London is Vinnie’s colleague Fred Turner, a good-looking, flat broke, newly separated, and carefully depressing younger guy attempting to specialise in his personal examine. as an alternative, he's distracted through a stunning and unpredictable English actress and the realm she belongs to.

Both American, either in another country, and either achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their stressed alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. well written, poignant, and witty, Foreign Affairs is still an everlasting comedian masterpiece.

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Cute Terry was a cute clown. Buzzy’s $150 yak hair wig had arrived. I’d been reluctant to pay for one, so I’d be using a concoction from the optional wig-making class, orange fakefur wig sewn into a green polka-dot cap, but the difference was palpable: a professional wig made Buzzy look professional. I watched Dale pull a pelican on wheels. It was pink. Maybe she was going girly, hoping for a contract after all. Time came for the class photo. One of the last to finish my makeup, as usual, I pulled on the costume I’d sewn, eight-color striped pants and a green tie with a dog-toy squeaker tucked into one of the purple polka dots.

I figured he’d quit by tomorrow. When Flip arrived and heard all about the Kiev train, twice again, and the noisy Troupe, he left and returned minutes later asking us to help him move. Though everybody wanted a single, he had traded his room on 140 to share a double on 149. Car 149 was the car where most of the clowns lived. It was “the clown car”—not the same as “Clown Car,” the routine with clowns crammed in a car. Flip kept saying that he switched so he could learn magic from Ned, his new roommate, but on our way back, Dean suggested that the Southern white guy didn’t want to live with black guys.

Barely moving, he sat in the stands on breaks, nodding Hello, like any old guy 38 The Education of a Circus Clown watching the world from his porch. With a face that could have been a model for the Easter Island heads, age furrowed his square forehead and framed his mouth in parentheses, echoing the curve of his stumpy legs. A second-year clown had talked about Prince Paul being senile but he was sharp enough to get to the pay table first. Right behind him, I got $132, in cash because checks were a hassle on the road.

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