Morality 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.
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SYLVIA BROWNRIGG is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction: four novels--Morality Tale; The Delivery Room, winner of the Northern California Book Award; Pages for You, winner of a Lambda Award; and The Metaphysical Touch--and a collection of stories, Ten Women Who Shook the World. Brownrigg grew up in California and in England and lives with her family in Berkeley.