Limping through what each presumes to be the final stages of a relationship that has become nearly moribund, Adam and Marion Falk find themselves unexpectedly deprived of the buffering presence of a second couple as they arrive for a week's vacation on an island off the coast of Maine. A Marriage Tale is the mesmerizing account of the remarkable events that ensue, from the Falks' initial, faltering attempts to concoct a "no-fault" divorce, an "artful" rupture, to their eventual discovery of an unforeseen, yet workable, alternative. In their progress from despair to ambivalence to the brink of a new beginning, they cross, at times, onto enchanted terrain. Here they encounter influences that are as rare-or as commonplace-as the reader may wish to believe; here they come to suspect that we may not, in fact, inhabit "an indifferent cosmos."
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The marriage tale starts out with a trip to secluded island, the perfect place to be alone with your love one, but this couple was far from being in love, they had lost their spark, the desire turned into a mundane recount of what was. A stranger appears out of nowhere to help this well to do couple with daily chores, which becomes an unexpectedly delight and not an intrusion into there time together. The pressure off, the sea is beckoning as desire turn to renew passions. Strong intellect and excellent writing. Kept me turning the page. Enjoyed the mystique of the drama.