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Chapter One – “Reunions” Commentary

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There was a period of time when I lived in NYC during the mid-1980′s and early 1990′s that a lot of people I knew were going to rehab at a resident rehab center in Minnesota called Hazelden; one of the finest rehabs in the country.  I like the idea of Frankie going to rehab; he’s taken a beating and is now getting a fresh start.  True to life, though, he’s not spry and animated – he just took a beating and is slow getting back on his feet.  He moves slower and is definitely a changed man, but the change is not immediate and dynamic.  As I head into my fifth decade, I’m finally beginning to understand that things work like that in one regard; once things go bad, they don’t get better in a hurry.

The relationship between the brothers for me is not only a study in contrasts, it’s also about different cultures and paths that the brothers have chosen in their lives.  I guess it’s the optimist in me, but I also love stories about redemption, and I always want to believe that there are second chances, but life has a way of intervening.

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