Lee Cole on Groundskeeping
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Join Lee Cole in this online event, where he’ll talk about his debut novel Groundskeeping. He’ll be in conversation with Will Smith, a bookseller at Sam Read’s.
‘Beautifully textured … his realism a meld of Richard Russo and Anne Tyler by way of Sally Rooney.’ New York Times
‘A coming-of-age story inextricably bound with a love story’ Maggie Shipstead
‘Smart, funny, exhilarating’ Lily King
‘Scrupulously perceptive . . . Groundskeeping is filled with close observation, detailed shading. It is an absorbing love story, but it is also an examination of class in America, and it captures with sharp insight a moment in recent history.’ Colm Toibin
‘An extraordinary debut about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations–this is a fierce, tender, and wholly unforgettable work from a hugely gifted writer.’ Ann Patchett
Eager to clean up his act after his troubled early twenties, Owen has returned to Kentucky to take a job as a groundskeeper at a small college in the Appalachian foothills, one which allows him to enrol on their writing course.
It’s there that he meets Alma, a Writer-in-Residence, who seems to have everything Owen doesn’t – a prestigious position, an Ivy League education, and published success as a writer. They begin a secret relationship, and as they grow closer, Alma, from a supportive, liberal family of Bosnian immigrants, struggles to understand Owen’s fraught relationship with his own family and home.
Exploring the boundaries between life and art, and how our upbringings affect the people we can become, Groundskeeping is at heart a love story – a novel about two very different people navigating the turbulence of an all-consuming relationship, and the complications which can ruin it.
The event will take place virtually at 19:30 UK time on Tuesday, May 10th.
Image credit – Ariel Katz