Wooden Spoons: A novel about life, death, love, and art.
by Dennis Ruane (Goodreads Author)
When Professor Daniel Whaley abandons his position at The University of Wisconsin, leaves his wife and isolates himself on a mountain in southwestern Pennsylvania, it appears to be an act of desperation. Events that envelop him during his one year tenure on Hemlock Knob suggest that the professor has been pulled toward a fate that long awaited him. Rising above Lick Hollow...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 10th 2010 by Walnut Creek Press
(first published October 16th 2006)
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Dennis Ruane's debut novel is a solid first effort. The story is one of a graduate school professor who sheds his career, marriage and other worldly problems to live a Thoreau-like existence in the woods on his family-owned Mountain Farm. The professor struggles to find redemption and meaning in the latter part of his successful career, so this exodus to the farm, and subsequent return to his childhood town, reads like a man who has gone on a monastic journey to find something more in life.
Dennis Ruane is a self-published author who has written and published three novels, "Wooden Spoons", "Cataloochee Man", and "The Man in the Room". Although he has made a living as a woodcarver for over thirty years, Dennis habitually wrote in a journal, with the intention of gathering material for future stories. Over this period, he made several attempts to write a novel but was never satisfied w...moreMore about Dennis Ruane...