Summer’s almost here! Try one of our recent favorites while you wait for the sun.
Guncle by Steven Rowley
Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP for short) is Maisie and Grant’s favorite (albeit only) uncle. He is fun and silly and spoils them rotten when they come out to visit him from Connecticut. He is also a has-been Famous Person who is floundering.
Tragedy rears its ugly head when Maisie and Grant’s mother, Patrick’s dear friend from college, passes away at the same time their father, Patrick’s brother, is in the midst of an additional crisis requiring him to take a leave of absence from his life. Before he knows what hit him, Patrick is the sole caretaker of his niece and nephew for the entire summer.
A story of loss and renewal and the importance of family and friends, Rowley manages to brilliantly intertwine and temper tenderness with hilarity. Some of the snappy dialogue is simply and truly laugh-out-loud funny.
Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
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