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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, 274 pages
Published December 10th 2010 by Walnut Creek Press (first published October 16th 2006)
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Chuck T
Dec 28, 2016 Chuck T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read incorporating many elements that I am particularly fond of: carving, spoon carving, simple folk & simple living, Appalachia, the struggle to find meaning in our modern life. I found the story gripping, well written and engaging.
Chuck T
A wonderful read incorporating many elements that I am particularly fond of: carving, spoon carving, simple folk & simple living, Appalachia, the struggle to find meaning in our modern life. I found the story gripping, well written and engaging.
Alan Hartley
Nov 15, 2016 Alan Hartley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read for anyone contemplating a simpler life.

A great read with a number of twists and turns. A story that contemplates the essence of a life lived in search of self.
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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.

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Feb 07, 2016 Zoe Jussel rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel about a life change of plan and a sense of contentment and well being, by moving backwards, or so many people would think. Leaving academia and an unsatisfactory marriage to take up residence in a mountain cabin without amenities, brought out the side of Daniel Whaley that had been hidden for many years. He opened his pack of wood carving tools, left to him by a great grandfather and that hidden talent came to surface quickly with amazing results and satisfaction for ...more
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I really enjoyed this book. It was delightful and unexpected It was a truly original story. I will look forward to reading more by this author,
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Dennis Ruane is an 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 with the result ...more
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