book cover of The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Gay Uncle Patrick, also known as GUP and Guncle to his young niece and nephew, takes in the children after the tragic death of their mother and their father’s health crisis. Patrick is a former television star living alone in Palm Springs when Maisie and Grant come to stay with him for a summer. At first, things go well as it’s all fun, games, and Christmas in July pool parties, but as the days drag on, Patrick and the children must each face their own grief in different ways. He talks to the children in real and honest ways, even sharing his “Guncle Rules” with them. This book is funny and sweet, and will remind readers that grief – and healing – does not have to be all-consuming, and that it’s easier when you are surrounded by love.