The Guncle by Steven Rowley full audiobook

The Guncle

Steven Rowley

First published 25 may 2021

The Guncle is a novel by Steven Rowley, the author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor. It tells the story of Patrick O’Hara, a former sitcom star and gay uncle (GUP) to his niece Maisie and nephew Grant. He has to take care of them for the summer in his Palm Springs home, after they suffer a monumental loss. He tries to bring color and light into their lives, while also healing from his own loss and learning about himself. The book is a heartfelt and humorous story of family, love, and responsibility.

The Guncle is a novel that celebrates the power of humor and kindness in coping with grief and trauma. Rowley creates a memorable character in Patrick, who is witty, charming, and flawed. He uses his humor as a defense mechanism, but also as a way to connect with the kids and teach them some life lessons. He calls these lessons “Guncle Rules”, which are funny and wise at the same time. The book also explores the themes of identity, sexuality, and parenthood, showing how Patrick grows as a person and as a guardian. The book is a moving and funny read that will make you laugh and cry.

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