A young college graduate, living in a small town and working at an unfulfilling job, Alex Porter begins his journey of self discovery while unwittingly touching the hearts of every person he comes in contact with. His gift for drawing people together leads him to Harold Harper, an elderly man... read more
The story begins in the small-town grocery store where several of the characters work. Alex is young, with a degree in English Literature, but doesn't know where his career is going to begin. Esther is an opinionated 64-year old looking forward to an impending hip replacement. Roger, the store... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The story begins in the small-town grocery store where several of the characters work. Alex is young, with a degree in English Literature, but doesn't know where his career is going to begin. Esther is an opinionated 64-year old looking forward to an impending hip replacement. Roger, the store manager, is an arrogant jerk with a fragile and volatile ego. Dan a retired insurance salesman, is bagging groceries, along with Wilton (aka 'Dubya') Forster, who is a college student working summers and holidays at the store.
When Esther's granddaughter comes from Los Angeles to take care of her after the hip replacement, a story starts to unfold concerning a thwarted romance between Esther and Dan, 50 years ago when they were teenagers. Esther's dark and painful secret is eventually revealed.
Harold is a 79-year old retiree, who is rapidly losing his faculties to dementia. His wife Aileen, is struggling to keep their life on a steady course, while their son who lives in the big city tries harder to influence the couple to sell their home and move to a luxury retirement facility. They fight tooth and nail to stay in their home. When Alex moves in with Harold and Aileen, he feels compelled to help them, tirelessly researching the subject of dementia, and learning how memory games can help keep Harold sharp.
Roger, the grocery store manager, develops an unhealthy obsession with Beth, Esther's granddaughter, but the other men in the store circle the wagons and do their best to protect her from his creepy advances.
Harold gets better, Roger gets worse, love is in the air, and the widely varied group of characters pull together for the same cause, to keep Harold and Aileen in their home. Their victory is bittersweet, dementia doesn't just go away. Each character has their own story, each has a goal and an obstacle to overcome. They all develop an intertwined relationship that is heartwarming, and shows that there is still some humanity left in the world.
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