Chasing Mayflies

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Vincent Donovan

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From the Union Leader review - “Chasing Mayflies,” is a rallying call that mixes regret with redemption, sentiment with sarcasm. Jack Nagle is a Vietnam veteran whose rash actions and need for an adrenaline rush has ruined relationships with family and friends. Facing imminent death, the hard-hitting gambler decides to right some wrongs, but conventional death-bed apologies aren’t enough. He enlists the help of childhood friend Dennis, a widower with a serious Juicy Fruit gum habit and an overwhelming compulsion to stick to life inside the lines. To mend fences, the duo knocks down some emotional and physical barriers...In movie terms, it’s a bit like “Dead Poets Society” meets “Bucket List.”


Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Religious,Comedy,Adventure,Religious,Drama,Family

Short Summary

What would you do if your best friend’s last wish was to help him escape from a hospice so he could “take care of a few things?”

Dennis finds that Jack's "bucket-list on steroids" is not a tale of self-absorption, but a well-considered plan to touch his estranged family and seek forgiveness - and he planned the biggest makeover for Dennis.


Merrimack Valley (Salem, N.H and Haverhill, MA)

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions,Philosophical Questions,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Dennis Sullivan

Age: 69

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Faithful, Funny, Modest, Obedient, Blunt, Complex, Outspoken, Perseverance, Secretive, Strong Moral Code,Complex,Outspoken,Modest,Obedient,Religious,Funny,Selfless,Strong Moral Code,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Jack Nagle

Age: 69

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Badass, Blunt, Desperate, Heroic, Manipulative, Complex, Decisive, Funny, Masculine, Patriotic, Confident, Outspoken, Engaging, Religious, Secretive, Villainous,Aspiring,Underdog,Masculine,Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Lone Wolf,Religious,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Strong Moral Code,Leader

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Development Pitch

In movie terms - the "Dead Poets Society" meets the "Bucket List." What would you do if your best friend's last wish was to help him escape from a hospice so he could "take casre of a few things?" The initial dilemma for Dennis Sullivan is not the anger he will incur from Jack Nagle’s family, or how to manage a terminally ill curmudgeon who mistakenly believes he know everyone. He can even humor Jack’s desire to become like a mayfly—one of those nasty spring bugs with a lifespan of only a few days but are unforgettable monsters. The quandary for Dennis is why help someone that was painfully absent when he needed a friend. Guilted into this late odyssey, Dennis soon finds the road to hell is truly paved with good intentions and it takes courage, faith, and a generous dose of anarchy to change the destination. He also discovers his best friend’s “bucket list on steroids” is not a tale of self-absorption at all, but rather a well-considered plan to seek redemption and touch his estranged family. And Jack plan’s the biggest makeover of all for Dennis.

About The Author

Vincent Donovan, a two-time quarter-finalist in the highly competitive “Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest,” graduated with a B.A in English from Merrimack College and an M.B.A from Rivier University. For over twenty-seven years, Vin worked in various leadership positions in the biopharmaceutical industry. His debut novel Chasing Mayflies was a 2017 finalist for the Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award for General Fiction. He is also the author of "A Difficult Crossing" and "Only Dead Leaves Fall." He resides in Haverhill, Massachusetts with his wife Robin. They have two grown daughters and two adorable grandsons.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: eLectio Publishing and fe-released by Black Rose Writing in 2021

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available