Devotion and Deceit

A Novel

by Mel Small



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/25/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 330
ISBN : 9781663235282
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 330
ISBN : 9781663235299

About the Book

In an arena built by love and supported by devotion, two couples, close friends, recent empty nesters are suddenly confronted by active sexual desire that had been just a pleasant thought for many years. Each wants the other’s spouse. Self-serving contends with concern and compassion. They all like each other very much. The story takes place from late 1988 to early 1990. The “double standard” is indicted and brought to trial. Much is about Laura, a teacher who had capably followed society’s syllabus, guided by the headmaster, her husband. She would have welcomed having tea with Ibsen’s Nora. Circumstance affects her comfortable acquiescence. Others give significant testimony. Entwined triangles bring thrill and conflict. Vivid dissection of sexual relationship and friendship reveals the misconceptions from attitude and clouded communication that cause missteps and disappointment. And there is a clear, insightful depiction of a man’s newly manifested sexual obsession beyond pleasure and affection. These are responsible people with typical aspirations and frailties. Although they are excessively self-serving at times, they care well for their families and contribute to the welfare of others. Eventually they become challenged by the price for their self-indulgence. Motivation is probed. Reader reaction will be diverse and controversial.

About the Author

Mel Small, a native New Yorker, has written two plays, one screenplay and numerous poems and essays. This is his fourth novel.