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Harold Bilodeau’s ex-wife, Sheila, remarried, and Harold did not, and though he told people there was a woman down in Saratoga Springs he was seeing on the occasional weekend, he was not. The divorce had been, as they say, amicable. She’d had an affair and fallen in love with Bud Lincoln, Harold’s good friend and their Hurricane Road neighbor, and Harold soon realized there was no way he could prevail against it. “We married too young, Harold and me. Right out of high school, practically, for God’s sake,” she explained. People in Keene understood. “I guess love happens,” Harold told …

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is the author, most recently, of the novel <em>Lost Memory of Skin</em> (Ecco/HarperCollins).

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