The Guncle - Steven Rowley

The Guncle

By Steven Rowley

  • Release Date: 2021-05-25
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 507 Ratings


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.


  • Guncle is beyond great!!

    By RiqueNFL
    As soon as I read the description of this book, I assumed it would be a nice, sweet book. Wow! Was I ever wrong!! This book had me from the first scene with Patrick with Grant and Maisie!! I The grief was important, but the three main characters were great in spite of their grief. I sensed Patrick’s love for the kids, even if some things seemed to be strange. I also loved the rescue dog; Marlene seems to symbolize Patrick’s rescue of the kids. As this little family unit forms, the end of it haunts their future. The resolution of the story was thoughtful and real. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
  • Terrific!

    By Lindiche
    We’ll developed storyline both funny and touching. Kudos!!
  • Not just silly and fun

    By Dmbw
    I began this book because I thought it would be silly and fun. And it was. But it was also serious and sad and heartwarming and every other emotion. I loved Patrick and Maisie and Grant.
  • Guncle

    By mousekio
    This book is not what I usually read. I am so glad I did. Heartwarming, kindness, humor and acceptance was apparent. Kick back, relax and enjoy a wonderful story. 📖
  • ❤️

    By Bac cat
    Loved this book!!
  • Fun book!

    By RossB-B
    Relax and enjoy yourself with this novel.
  • Wonderful!

    By Remycan
    This book was just what I needed. It was love, laughter and family. As a single aunt who loves her niblings, I fell in love with the connection the guncle had with his niece and nephew. Fingers crossed this is made into a 10+ episode Netflix series with Dan Levy starring as the GUNCLE.
  • Amazing book

    By Rooxgurl
    Finished it in 3 days. Such a beautiful story on navigating grief
  • Grief at its finest.

    By hunterthehunted8
    Such a beautiful story about grief and love!
  • A lesson in grief

    By Erd_6
    Laughing and crying throughout the book. Insightful take on how grief affects us all in different ways.