Five essays that articulate a thoughtful ethic, and to some extent a theology, of ``sexual fidelity in long-term, committed relationships.'' A former English professor and mother of three, Wallace draws upon both literary and religious sources (particularly Coleridge and the contemporary theologian Stanley Hauerwas) in trying to help parents steer their children between ``simpleminded hedonism [and] . . . simpleminded repression.'' Sex is about far more than physical or even emotional intimacy, she insists; it is about a unique one-to-one capacity for vulnerability and compassion.
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