Rocheville Elementary School has sat vacant since 1972, untouched, ignored even by vandals. But 30 years later there’s life inside. Tom Skolka, the last student to leave the building before it closed, has returned to escape the brutality of the world and relive his childhood memories. But this plan has drawbacks, mostly in the form of the fifth-grade teacher who keeps intruding on Tom’s visions and casting doubts about his sanity.
"An intelligent and thought-provoking psycho-drama." --JK, Amazon Review
The Rocheville Devil
"This is a book you don't need to 'work through,' but rather, one that you can just kick back and slip into, like an old pair of slippers. Donovan's brand of humor is droll and understated, but at the same time can you make you laugh until you cry. An enjoyable read that takes us all back to the heartbreaks of being a late teen/early adult." --Tim Guiden
"The dialogue is fast and witty; the characters likable. The time is the 1970s (The Wonder Years), the place small-town Illinois, but the doubts, the fears, the joys of adolescence are timeless. And Donovan gets it all right." --Jane Stevenor
Love and Corn and Whatnot
This sequel to Trombone Answers finds Parker Graham conquering roughly 51.2% of his fears of the world outside Colby City, Illinois. Intimidated by the "actual intellectuals" he finds at all-male Plainsville College, he plunges ahead, trying to find his writing voice, grappling with religious skepticism, and falling in love with the townie girl he's been "waiting his whole life to find." Set in the early 1980s, the wry and witty narrative also follows Parker--now equipped with a BA in English--into life as a young adult who isn't sure what he has to offer the world.