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The Guncle (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Take a sarcastic gay uncle, his feisty young niece and nephew, a house in Palm Springs with a pool and fancy toilet, add lots of laughter, a few tears, and you have The Guncle! This new book by Steven Rowley keeps us laughing as we participate in this family's summer while they try to deal with loss, find their inner strength, and learn to keep going. While this book kept me laughing throughout, it also asks "When do we stop being a kid and how do we continue life after a tragic loss?" The Guncle reminds us how important family and friends can be in times of loss and how a child's youthful outlook can remind us that life is worth living, not just enduring. Patrick recommends!

— Patrick


From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is, honestly, overwhelmed.

So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick's brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of Guncle Rules ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled acting career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old. Quickly realizing that parenting--even if temporary--isn't solved with treats and jokes, Patrick's eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you're unfailingly human.

With the humor and heart we've come to expect from bestselling author Steven Rowley, The Guncle is a moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family in even the most trying of times.

About the Author

Steven Rowley is the author of The Editor and the national bestseller Lily and the Octopus, which has been translated into nineteen languages. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist, and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, Rowley is a graduate of Emerson College. He lives in Palm Springs, California.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432887582
ISBN-10: 1432887580
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 531
Language: English
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