The Guncle by Steven Rowley is the official April 2022 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers.
Being a parent is a tough job but when you're in the trenches of the work it can be easy to take for granted just how hard it really is.
I think that's partly why books that shine the light on parenting from the perspective of someone new to the job are extra entertaining to busy moms.
This month's book popped up time and again as member end of month favorites in the Peanut Blossom Book Club last spring and every time I'd see that happy yellow cover I'd stop in my tracks.
I'm so excited to read it for myself this month as our official April pick.
P.S. Just joining us? Don't miss the full 2022 line-up for our book club picks.
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April Official Book Club Pick: The Guncle by Steven Rowley
I’m pleased to announce that this is our official April Pick for this year.
What is this month's book about?
"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."
Discussion Questions for The Guncle