Heresies of Nature: A NovelHeresies of Nature
A Novel
Margaret Blair Young

on the cover:
Family Saga
The Morgans seem like a typical Utah family. The teenagers act like teenagers and the parents respond like normal parents. Except: Mom has multiple sclerosis.

The family copes with this situation, more or less. They treat Mom like the fun-loving person she always was before she had to be confined to a wheelchair and rely on a Morse code-like system of elementary communication.

Inspired by a true story, told as a slice-of-life account of the ups and downs, twists and turns that fill every family’s life, Heresies of Nature is alternately subtle and powerful. Only gradually do readers realize how much of this shattering account relates to the unimaginable emotional challenges involved in facing a progressively debilitating, ultimately fatal handicap.

about the author: Margaret Young is the author of Elegies and Love Songs, Love Chains, and Salvador; coauthor of the trilogy, Standing on the Promises; and a contributor to Bright Angels and Familiars, among other works. She teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. A stage adaptation of Heresies of Nature has been performed regionally as Dear Stone.

title page:
Heresies of Nature
A Novel by
Margaret Blair Young
Signature Books
Salt Lake City

copyright page:

Cover design by Ron Stucki
Heresies of Nature was printed on acid-free paper
and was composed, printed, and bound in the United States of America.
© 2002 Signature Books. All rights reserved.
Signature Books is a registered trademark of Signature Books Publishing, LLC.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Young, Margaret Blair
Heresies of nature : a novel / by Margaret Blair Young.
p. cm.
ISBN 1-56085-158-9 (pbk.)
1. Multiple sclerosis–Patients–Fiction. 2. Terminally
ill parents–Fiction. 3. Mothers and daughters–Fiction.
4. Healers–Fiction. I. Title.

PS3575.0825 H47 2002


for Nancy


Chide me, dear stone. …
… O thus she stood,
Even with such life of majesty (warm life,
As now it coldly stands), when first I woo’d her!
I am asham’d; does not the stone rebuke me
For being more stone than it?

Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale V.iii.24, 33-35