Marion Legrand arrives with her daughter from France soon after receiving a cryptic letter from her ailing sister Mimi, unaware of what lies in store for them in Florida. They are assailed by a coterie of oddballs at Sunny Glen Palms, an “otherwise stable no-nonsense age discretionary retirement community”. It's late-life crisis, and from the golf greens to the clubhouse the veil of the American psyche is lifted, revealing the sometimes breezy sometimes chaotic world of retirement. Oh I've wasted my mind don't you see, says Libby Alsatian, I've killed my mind and I have to fix it. Right here!' The residents' problems run the gamut from Alzheimer's disease, existential angst and anti-depressants to a major glitch in the plans for Flora Wheeler's monumental one hundredth birthday party.
“In this fantastic debut, Donovan fills a Florida retirement community with a full range of eclectic, unforgettable characters, lifting the veil of the American psyche; the story reveals the breezy— and sometimes chaotic— world of retirement with some fictional people you may or may not recognize without their filters on or hearing aids turned up. This one's a delightful, engaging read that allows you to fully appreciate everything good in your life, body, and soul.”— Nashville Lifestyles Magazine
“Literate, observational and very entertaining…”— The Muse's Muse
“Donovan has a poetic flare for storytelling and artistic descriptions of life”— Swift Reviews
Ricko Donovan is a Nashville-based award-winning singer-songwriter and folk music multi-instrumentalist.