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A mutual friend introduced Calvin Garvey to Lena Keller when he was fifty-three and she was fifty-four. It was supposed to be a business connection. Her company sold something his company needed. The deal fell through. The connection persisted.

Both had been divorced longer than their first marriages lasted. Both feared repeating their mistakes. They saw each other for two years before they talked about marriage. Another…