A man reconnects with his college roommate who is going through a crisis and helps both him and himself along the way. Alan is a dentist who seems to have it alló a successful practice, beautiful wife, and loving kids. But he senses that something else is missing. He runs into Charlie, his old college room mate whose family died on 9/11 and is now living like a recluse. They rekindle their friendship and Alan finds his "escape" from domestic life by doing what Charlie does: acting like a big kid. Alan's wife is troubled with her husband's new pastime, meanwhile Alan tries to rehabilitate Charlie by helping him deal with his loss. He refers him to a therapist, but it barely helps. After trying to commit suicide, Charlie is sent to a mental facility, but is later released for rehab in the outside world. Alan realizes the value of his wife and family, and goes back to them with a renewed sense of appreciation.
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Best part of story, including ending:
Two different tales of crisis, one very extreme and one seemingly shallow.
Best scene in story:
When they would reminisce about their college days.
Opinion about the main character:
Alan's problems are minute compared to Charlie's so it's good that he realizes this in the end.