The Guncle

Written by:
Steven Rowley
Narrated by:
Steven Rowley

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2021
11 hours 23 minutes
Winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor
National Bestseller • Wall Street Journal Bestseller • USA Today Bestseller
An NPR Book of the Year
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.
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Melissa J.

I loved this book. Great summer read (listen). I want a follow up book. Would be a great series.

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Lisa Marshall

Had me laughing out loud from the start! Narrated by author who does a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to life. This book will stick with you.

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I love this book! It's great! Very relatable because I have a guncle, they are so much fun!

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Marian Q.

Just a beautiful story.

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Sharon B.

I cannot wait for the movie.

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Bill F.

I am eager to read his latest now.

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Darcy J.

At times it was laugh out loud funny, but also great stories of dealing with and managing grief. I loved the explanation of what a gay person goes through in our society.

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Polly L.

Very funny!

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Eliz K.

Lovely book

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