When Saint Mathew’s High School is slated for demolition, irreverent, lovelorn, Duane Ryan journeys to Homewood, Pennsylvania to see his alma mater one last time. Struggling with alcoholism, burdened with negativism, Duane immerses himself in scenes and personalities from his past, hoping to find inspiration to restart an art career that has been stalled for years.
While reliving his school days and reminiscing about the wayward path he has followed in the decades since, the artist becomes involved with an enigmatic woman who revives questions about his past and brings him into conflict with his high school nemesis, Father Thomas McGee. Confrontation with the priest uncovers a startling mystery, the unraveling of which leads Duane to a new perspective on his career and ultimately changes the course of his 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 with the results until a decade ago when his efforts finally met with success. Two stories followed: "Wooden Spoons" was published in 2006 and "Cataloochee Man" in 2009. Dennis’ third novel, "The Man in the Room" has been five years in the making, during which time the author has gone through some personal changes, resulting in a somewhat autobiographical and especially introspective story.