Example: Sam Gear, former college all-star athlete still frequents the gym religiously and takes pride in his physical fitness. Just three months from his forty-fifth birthday, our story opens with Sam recovering from triple bypass heart surgery. While still in the hospital he’s served divorce papers initiated by his loving, devoted wife of fifteen years. From shock to bewilderment to pain, these sudden turns of events will certainly have some effect on the psyche of our main character.

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