Groundskeeping

Groundskeeping

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A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK - An indelible love story about two very different people navigating the entanglements of class and identity and coming of age in an America coming apart at the seams--this is an extraordinary debut about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations (Ann Patchett, best-selling author of The Dutch House).

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Owen Callahan, an aspiring writer, moves back to Kentucky to live with his Trump-supporting uncle and grandfather. Eager to clean up his act after wasting time and potential in his early twenties, he takes a job as a groundskeeper at a small local college, in exchange for which he is permitted to take a writing course.

Here he meets Alma Hazdic, a writer in residence who seems to have everything that Owen lacks--a prestigious position, an Ivy League education, success as a writer. They begin a secret relationship, and as they grow closer, Alma--who comes from a liberal family of Bosnian immigrants--struggles to understand Owen's fraught relationship with family and home.

Exquisitely written; expertly crafted; dazzling in its precision, restraint, and depth of feeling, Groundskeeping is a novel of haunting power and grace from a prodigiously gifted young writer.



Author: Lee Cole
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 03/01/2022
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.50w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780593320501

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 11/01/2021 pg. 44
Publishers Weekly 01/03/2022
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2022

About the Author
LEE COLE was born and grew up in rural Kentucky. A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he now lives in New York.