Along the way, Monica also toys with the possibility of a sexual fling with a man young enough to be her son. It’s another way to hurt Jerry and fulfill what she is beginning to see as a pretty empty life. Clay, the young man, is interested in Sally, another older woman who is seeking to find her own place in life. Clay’s Aunt Dora tries to guide her nephew onto the right path while she fights her own fears that someone or some thing is trying to harm her. She also has a deep need to keep a family secret.
Successful more than she thought possible, Monica later faces a more challenging prospect than being ignored during a business deal: seeking redemption from Jerry who is succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Set in eastern Vermont, this story portrays how emotions govern lives, causing individuals to consider adultery, deceit, revenge, and the taking of a life. It all culminates in a nursing home during a special Christmas, where peace is finally found.
Things begin to turn around for him when he lands a job at a corner grocery store as a stock boy. He is surprised to discover that he enjoys working and begins to find some self-respect for the first time in his life. He now pinches himself to make sure he is awake. Little does he realize, however, that there are forces working against him, secrets from his past that must be revealed and that will steer his life in a different direction.
Set in the southern Indiana town of Vincennes, this story portrays how a person's genetics and upbringing drive his future. When Eugene finally learns of his true heritage, he can finally begin to plan for the rest of his life.