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At the donut shop, Victor followed the manager Kurt’s instructions and asked his first customer of the day if she had an AARP card. “You get a free donut if you have one.” The woman hesitated, her eyes widening a little, and she shook her head. “I just want a bagel with butter and a coffee.” In the car the woman, Janet, looked at herself in the mirror. The Saturday morning sunlight highlighted two grey hairs that had re-sprouted on the right side of her head. “I’m only thirty-five, and I’m old,” she told her husband at home over...

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