The Mulligan

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After investing much of his life in an unhappy marriage and an unfulfilling career, Dr. Joe Mix realizes that he made most of the important decisions of his life in order to please others, not himself. He married a woman he never loved because she had a stronger will than him. He chose a career that he wasn't interested in because he knew it was what his father expected of him. When the consequences of his wrong decisions threaten to smother him, Joe Mix finally snaps and decides to forsake all that he has done, and set out to reclaim the life he feels he should have chosen. The ensuing odyssey carries him to his childhood home in South Dakota, a cattle ranch in Montana, and ultimately to the end of the road; the banks of a trout stream on an Indian Reservation. We all wonder what our lives could have been, Joe Mix went looking for his life.

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The Mulligan recounts the metamorphosis of a ‘successful dentist’ who is both unhappy and unfulfilled. Joe Mix abruptly finds his professional and married life to be meaningless and unbearable. He decides to cast it all aside and try to find some true meaning in his life. His journey becomes a trip into the past, a re-examination of his life and an awakening hosed by a cast of memorable characters that rival Lonesome Dove. I just didn’t want this book to end.

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