Three Legs in the Evening
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Three Legs in the Evening comes from the Sphinx's riddle in Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, in which Oedipus is asked what creature walks on all fours in the morning, on two legs in the afternoon, and three in the evening. The answer, which Oedipus gets right, is Man, who crawls as a baby, walks upright as a man, and leans on a cane in his old age. Received wisdom, in other words, can be unreliable. Enter the story of Sally B, an over-sixty widow about to retire from her successful greeting card business in the aftermath of 9/11. She has a devoted family who relies on her wit and wisdom. But suddenly all hell breaks loose -- her best friend dies, she falls into an open grave and she breaks her ankle. As this is happening, her children's marital lives are unraveling, her grandchildren are in turmoil, and a man she has known from a time before comes back in her life. Taking place over a year, this is a story of love in a time of horror, as well as the profound and surprising ways in which everything Sally thought she knew changes. Sexy, funny and heart-wrenching, and much like Kent Haruf's Our Souls At Night, Three Legs in the Evening speaks about people running out of steam, running out of time, and finding solace and wisdom even in the finality of all that. A life carefully built can crumble in a moment, but what happens then? Sally B. plays it out as best she can.
Roundfire Books, 9781803412061, 168pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2023
About the Author
Bette Ann Moskowitz is a published author of two novels, a memoir, a non-fiction tale of aging and institutional advocacy, and a non-fiction narrative about aging and ageism. For several years she wrote a lifestyle column for a regional newspaper in the Hudson Valley, where she presently lives. Her website has samples of her previous work (www.betteannmoskowitz.com).