Sylvia Brownrigg (Author)
DescriptionMorality Tale is a novel about the triangular complications of a modern marriage and the comedy that flows from them. When the elusive but exciting Richard (an envelope salesman with a nice layperson's line in Zen philosophies) meets this novel's narrator, he offers her a friendly escape from her own daunting domestic life. Burdened by her husband's ongoing negotiations with his angry ex-wife, the strains of looking after two stepchildren, and the lingering ghost of her own past betrayals, she finds that the life of a "second marryer" leaves much to be desired. As her friendship develops with Richard, so grows the shadow cast over her marriage by his presence, and when they make a late, illicit bay crossing together on a ferryboat, the story gathers momentum under California's Mount Tamalpais. There, in the fabled Golden State, Sylvia Brownrigg shows how even a layperson's Zen can lead to some important revelations about the need to look forward, not back. Told with unwavering honesty and wit, Morality Tale explores what it means to be married a second time around--and the crucial universal truth that change is often the key to staying together.
July 07, 2009
5.52 X 0.72 X 8.2 inches | 0.64 pounds
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About the Author
Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of a collection of stories, Ten Women Who Shook the World and the novels Pages for You and The Metaphysical Touch. She has a degree in philosophy from Yale University and lives in Berkeley, California.
"Refreshingly honest, winsomely self-deprecating, Brownrigg's glib yet contrite heroine evinces both a saucy innocence and tortured anguish."