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The guncle : a novel
2021
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When Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP) for short, takes on the role of primary guardian for his young niece and nephew, he sets “Guncle Rules,” but soon learns that parenting isn’t solved with treats or jokes as his eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility. - (Baker & Taylor)

"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"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

National Bestseller • Wall Street Journal Bestseller • USA Today Bestseller
An NPR Book of the Year
Finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist for the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards

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. - (Penguin Putnam)

Author Biography

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. - (Penguin Putnam)

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No longer the star of a hit TV series, Patrick O'Hara could not have imagined that his next leading role would be as caretaker of his brother's young children, but when Greg checks into rehab following the death of his wife, Sara, there seems no one better suited to help Maisie and Grant process the loss of their mother than the man who had been her closest friend. Culture shock doesn't begin to address the adjustments the kids must make when they spend the summer away from their Connecticut neighborhood and in Patrick's opulent Palm Springs home. And Maisie and Grant aren't the only ones facing changes. As a single gay man, Patrick had no parenting experience. What he does know, however, is how to give the children room to explore their feelings and offer sage advice as he becomes their dear ol' GUP (Gay Uncle Patrick). Its somewhat dire premise notwithstanding, Rowley's (The Editor, 2019) sensitive and witty exploration of grief and healing soothes with a delectable lightness and cunning charm. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

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