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'An extraordinary debut' (ANN PATCHETT) to fall for - a coming-of-age story and an immersive love story.

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.

'Beautifully textured ... his realism a meld of Richard Russo and Anne Tyler by way of Sally Rooney.' - New York Times
'Who doesn't love a campus novel? Groundskeeping, a stellar addition to the canon, is a tender novel of precise pleasures ... At once a bittersweet coming-of-age story and a lovely romance.' - Esquire, Best Books of 2022 (so far)

Details

ISBN13: 9780571374304
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of Pages: 336
Edition: Export - Airside ed
Publication Date: 8 Mar 2022
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.3(L) x 2.4(W)426
Weight (gm): 426

Author Biography

Lee Cole was born and grew up in rural Kentucky. He's a 2019 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded the Maytag Fellowship and taught courses focused on rural and Appalachian fiction. Lee was in the same class at Iowa as Brandon Taylor, Kiley Reid and Pam Zhang. He was recently selected as a 2020 Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellow. He lives in Queens.

Reviews

'Beautifully textured ... his realism a meld of Richard Russo and Anne Tyler by way of Sally Rooney.' - New York Times

'Who doesn't love a campus novel? Groundskeeping, a stellar addition to the canon, is a tender novel of precise pleasures ... At once a bittersweet coming-of-age story and a lovely romance.' - Esquire, Best Books of 2022 (so far)

'Cole's robust, deeply satisfying debut novel ... exposes a divided America as class conflicts and arguments over immigration, religion, and education shape relationships and magically infuse a bit of optimism to propel the story forward.' - National Book Review
Groundskeeping: 'An extraordinary debut' ANN PATCHETT
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