The Amazing Mr Morality by Jacob M. Appel

The Amazing Mr. Morality by Jacob M. Appel
The Amazing Mr. Morality: Stories 

Jacob M. Appel (Goodreads Author)
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EXCERPT: When I’d first gone to live with Aunt Faye, she was alone in the house. She’d once had a husband, a fellow named Tate, but like most of the men in our family, he’d drifted from history into mist, leaving behind only his surname and not much else. (All I knew of my own father, Len Kuritsky, was that he’d asphyxiated on a chicken bone at a music festival in California several weeks after my birth.) At some point, long before I entered the scene, Aunt Faye had staffed the front desk at the Powick Bridge Public Library and, pushing seventy, she carried with her an atmosphere of dusty encyclopedias. We had lots of visitors in those days: A klatch of female relations whose precise perch on the family tree wasn’t worth locating. Even Marcella had stayed overnight once but left in a huff before breakfast, incensed that Aunt Faye had stipulated a separate bed downstairs for her niece’s boyfriend. Four years later, a widowed girlhood friend of my grandaunt – the aptly named Edie Coffin – moved permanently into the same chamber. (To this day, I don’t know whether Aunt Faye and ‘Cousin’ Edie were lovers, or had once been lovers, or were merely faithful late-life companions.) The third female in our estrogen-perfumed Cape Codder, Cindy-Jane, arrived only four months before Marcella. She was a genuine cousin – the sixteen year old cashew-shaped, eggplant-hued spawn of two heroin junkies, one of them loosely descended from Granny Bess. Aunt Faye had again opened her doors to the family’s jetsam.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: The Amazing Mr. Morality features tenacious men and women whose determination to buck middle-class social convention draws them toward unforeseen challenges. A failed television producer insists upon having a woodchuck relocated from his lawn, only to receive desperate letters in which the woodchuck begs to return. An overconfident ne’er-do-well obtains a lucrative lecture invitation intended for a renowned ornithologist and decides to deliver the speech himself. An innocuous dispute over whether to rename a local street opens up racial fault lines that prove deadly.

The collection concludes with the title novella in which two unscrupulous ethicists, writing rival newspaper columns, seek to unseat each other by addressing questions such as: If you’re going to commit a murder, is it worse to kill when the victim is sleeping or awake?

MY THOUGHTS: The Amazing Mr Appel has done it again! He has penned a collection of amusing, thought-provoking short stories featuring quirky, and sometimes naive, characters in both mundane and challenging situations, their actions fuelled by misconception, anger, desire, or the desire for revenge.

I have rationed myself to one story at a time, drawing out the pleasure of reading, savouring each individual tale, swirling it around in my mind like a fine wine on the palate. A wine I will be savouring again and recommending to all.

Thank you to author Jacob M. Appel and publisher Vandalia Press for providing a copy of The Amazing Mr. Morality for my great enjoyment and for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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