“Mike Muñoz Is a Holden Caulfield for a New Millennium—a '10th-generation peasant with a Mexican last name, raised by a single mom on an Indian reservation' . . . Evison, as in his previous four novels, has a light touch and humorously guides the reader, this time through the minefield that is working-class America.” --The New York Times Book Review
For Mike Muñoz, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work—and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew--he’s smart enough to know that he’s got to be the one to shake things up if he’s ever going to change his life. But how? He’s not qualified for much of anything. He has no particular talents, although he is stellar at handling a lawn mower and wielding clipping shears. But now that career seems to be behind him. So what’s next for Mike Muñoz?
In this funny, biting, touching, and ultimately inspiring novel, bestselling author Jonathan Evison takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young man determined to achieve the American dream of happiness and prosperity--who just so happens to find himself along the way.
Jonathan Evison is the author of four previous novels, including All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! He lives with his wife and family in Washington State.
Lawn Boy is a delightful read, it is refreshing to read such an honest book. The author and the characters feel real and congruent. I will be reading more words written by Jonathan Evison.
More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Evison’s novels are rife with characters so perfectly cast, it feels like I know them, and then end up missing them long after the book is finished. In Evison’s latest novel, “Lawn Boy,” we meet Mike Munoz, a down-on-his-luck landscaper, who just wants to visit Disneyland. A fun, thoughtful romp through working class struggles, sexuality, stretching the paycheck, and the importance of owning a good lawnmower.
More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I laughed so hard. I sped right through this highly enjoyable read.
"They moved Disneyland" was just one of the first things that had me laughing out loud.
A tale of a California Mexican who lives in a trailer with his older brother (who has mental deficiencies) and his mother on an Indian reservation. If it weren't for bad luck, Michael would have none at all.
"We occupied space" another quote that had me cracking up.
I laughed out loud several times while reading this. The jabs on Freddy were especially funny. Of course, there was quite a bit to work with. I was still laughing the next day after reading when something reminded me of Freddy. Good grief, he certainly steals the show. What a life he has! Ha!! He does come through in the end. Who would have thunk it?
A hilarious read that held me spellbound while living life through Michael's eyes. Excellent read!
Huge thanks to Algonquin Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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