Jonathan Evison makes this welcome return over from his Bainbridge Island home to read from what may be his most well-received novel yet, Lawn Boy (Algonquin Books). This fifth novel - after All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! - is the moving, evocative story of Mike Muñoz, fired ‘lawn boy,’ and what the future might hold for him.
“A triumph from the ground up . . . finally a book that zooms in on social strata without flinching or copping out. Lawn Boy takes us into the heart, mind and body of Mike Muñoz as he makes a coming of age trek from landscaping crew to navigating the dead American dream— all the way to reimagining a future on his own terms.” —Lidia Yuknavitch.
“Moving . . . Evison convincingly evokes the small disasters and humiliations that beset America’s working poor. Mike’s gradual growth into self-awareness is punctuated by moments of human kindness and grace that transpire in and among broken-down trucks, trailer parks, and strip malls. Focusing on the workers who will only ever be welcome in gated communities as hired help, Evison’s quiet novel beautifully considers the deterioration of the American Dream.” —Publishers Weekly.