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Making Time (60,000 words)

novel - mainstream/fantasy/magic realism

I started this book in college 50 years ago and abandoned it 30 years ago. Two months ago the characters came out of their coma and took the story in a new direction.
At the age of 70 Mark and Ruth meet on a world cruise and fall in love. Then when sharing stories about their past, they realize that they fell in love with one another and married 46 years ago. They split up when they left their three-month old son on a train while they got off to get something to eat. When they came back, the train was gone. Each blamed the other. Then, separately, they each tracked their son down and didn't tell the other, to avoid custody battles. They each raised him separately. They had one son, but they each raised him.

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