Say Uncle

Say Uncle

by Eric Shaw Quinn

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Michael Reily never expected to find himself raising a child. As a busy advertising executive and single gay man living in a conservative Southern town, Michael doesn’t exactly have parenthood on his things-to-do list. So when Michael discovers he’s been named guardian of his infant nephew, Scott, he finds he’s taken on the most challenging job of his life. But he’s determined to do it his way, with wit, resourcefulness and spontaneity.

The moral outrage that his new position provokes galvanizes him to fight for custody of Scott, battling a close-minded, conservative senator –who happens to be the child’s grandfather -- and a host of would-be moral arbiters in a courtroom showdown. And when fate throws some more surprises his way, he faces getting famous, getting rich, getting his heart broken and getting all the knots out of old family ties with the same originality. In a warm and assured voice, the author celebrates the many different forms a family can take and the triumph of individualism over straitlaced conformity. Hilarious, cheering and surprisingly wise, Say Uncle is bursting with life and love.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011976148
Publisher: Round Table Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/1994
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,135,347
File size: 421 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author, Eric Shaw Quinn lives in West Hollywood, California, after escaping from the Deep South. He grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana and Columbia, South Carolina, where his first novel, Say Uncle, is set.

Eric has written a number of books and, in addition, is a celebrated celebrity raconteur, actor and blogger. His thoughts, musings, short stories and other works can be found at

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Say Uncle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bembo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Michael Riley is left to care for his baby nephew Scott his life is about to change on every front. His sister and her husband designated him in their will as Scott's guardian, and shortly after that a tragic accident takes both parents, leaving Michael to raise the baby, but is is not all so simple. Scott's grandfather on his fathers side is a traditional Southern Senator, and is outraged at the prospect of Michael, a young gay advertising executive raising his grandson, and so proceeds to challenge the will through the courts.The story begins, third person narrative, shortly before the tragic accident, and follows Michael's initial refusal, and then determined at all costs efforts, to take on Scott. To help raise Scott he takes on Gray, a gay young French Canadian vegetarian hippie and part time Montessori teacher as a 'governess'. We follow them through the ups and downs of the court case. Scott takes over the account in Book II. Scott takes us through is life with Michael and Gray, his schooling and on into young adulthood, and describes the effects of Michael's progress from the initial struggles to growing financial success and becoming famous and very rich. Book III, is a short conclusion in Michael's voice.This promised to be a fascinating story, but I was disappointed mainly because the humour got in the way. It is undoubtedly a very funny book, witty at times but often the humour degenerates into pure slapstick. There is no doubt the author can create some extremely funny scenes, and if that is what you want from this you won't be disappointed, but I felt that a lot of the potential here was lost for the sake of a laugh. Some of the characters are more caricatures; Michael comes across as excitable, eccentric and overly prone to histrionics, Gray as a excessively motherly to both Michael and Scott, and most of the other characters are extreme in one way or another. One of two incidences of the humour some might find to be in bad taste, and some scenarios are included purely for comic effect having little to do with the story at hand.So for me this book did not really deliver, it had its moments, but it did not come anywhere near to touching on the real life of a young gay man raising a child from babyhood. All the possible intricacies, subtleties, problems or tender moments where regrettably thrown out in favour of farcical humour or acerbic wit.
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RamonaFrost More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying that the first half of this book is the best part. It has drama, some violence, a little romance, a lot of courtroom drama [which is really fun], etc. After the plot of the first part of the book, the dialogue is really the best part of the book. I can laugh for ten minutes straight at some of the things the characters will say. I won't say "light reading", but Say Uncle is a sort of coming-of-age novel for grown-ups. I recommend it.