Alison Lurie


Alison Lurie was the author of ten novels, including Foreign Affairs (Pulitzer Prize) and The Truth About Lorin Jones (Prix Femina Etranger).  She also published studies of fashion and architecture, The Language of Clothes and The Language of Houses, and two collections of essays on children’s literature. Her last unpublished manuscript, a children’s book called The Cat Agent, will be published by Cayuga Lake Books in spring 2023. She was the Frederic C. Whiton Professor of American Literature emerita at Cornell University, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In Alison Lurie’s only novel for young people, completed in 2012 and published posthumously in 2022, Tom, a striped kitten, hopes to be a detective. He has to learn fast to outsmart some human villains who don’t like him snooping around into their criminal lives. Dr. Nancy, a veterinarian, and Lennie, a wise-guy cat friend, lead him into fur-raising adventures among drug dealers, catnappers, and feisty mice. The Cat Agent will delight kids, their families, and small animals that like to be read to.

Click here to purchase The Cat Agent by Alison Lurie on Amazon.

A renowned novelist, she wrote about some of the most brilliant and original American and British fiction of the last hundred years, including work by Henry James, Doris Lessing, John Updike, Mary McCarthy, Anthony Powell, Angela Carter, and Garrison Keillor—some of whom she had known personally.  These unusual books combine tragedy and comedy, supernatural events and social criticism, and they are all fun to read.  

Click here to purchase Reading For Fun by Alison Lurie on Amazon.

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