Chapter One, Lives Lost...Wilson
"I was 32 years old with a wife and three children, a mortgage, and a promising future. We lived in a typical big-city suburb and faced the usual joys and trials that accompany couples experiencing twelved years of marriage. There had been some bumps in the road but things seemed okay. Until that night."
"Do you know the feeling when your heart stops and you experience a sense of nausea, wishing you could throw up but nothing is there? And do you know the sensation you get when you know, you just know, the news is bad even before you ever pick up the phone or read the letter?"
Chapter Five, When the Laughter Stops...David
"After Adam's accident, it was nearly midnight when we got home from the hospital. We walked into our house, but it felt different. It was the same den and furniture where Adam had napped only hours before, but it was forever changed. It wasn't a happy place anymore. I sat on a hassock and stared at the floor into nothingness-stunned, expressionless, empty-just a shell. I could change nothing: not the speed of Adam's car; not that second of inattention; not the moment of the collision; not his death; nothing. The irreversibility of it all was devastating."