The Guncle

The Guncle

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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.

Author: Steven Rowley
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Published: 05/25/2021
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.15lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.30w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9780525542285

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 12/01/2020 pg. 60
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2021
Publishers Weekly 03/22/2021
Library Journal 04/01/2021 pg. 60
Booklist 04/01/2021 pg. 18

About the Author
Steven Rowley is the author of The Editor and the national bestseller Lily and the Octopus, which has been translated into twenty 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.