Join author Jonathan Evison at the Third Place Commons stage for our annual Lake Forest Park Reads event.
Shoreline and Richmond Beach Libraries have joined with Lake Forest Park READS again this year, marking the fifteenth year of this community literary event. In Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison, Mike Muñoz, not long out of high school and just fired from his landscaping job struggles to achieve the American Dream in this funny, touching novel of self-discovery.
Sponsored by the City of Lake Forest Park's Library Advisory Committee, Friends of the Shoreline, Richmond Beach, and Lake Forest Park Libraries, Friends of Third Place Commons and Third Place Books.
Third Place Books offers 20% off on this title June 1 through July 31.
"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 ReviewFor 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's voice is pure magic. He is a consummate world builder; in his unique universe, there is heartbreak and love and tragedy, and--always--laughter. In Lawn Boy, at once a vibrant coming of age novel and a sharp social commentary on class, Evison offers a painfully honest portrait of one young man's struggle to overcome the hand he's been dealt in life and reach for his dreams. It's a journey you won't want to miss, with an ending you won't forget." -- Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale
"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, author of The Book of Joan
"Jonathan Evison can write about anything and make it sing with hard-bitten empathy. I love it that he writes about working men without condescension. I had jobs like this. And you can tell that he did, too. Tough and strangely sweet at the same time." -- Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Queen of America
"In Evison's tough and wry novel, Mike Muñoz is every person who wants a living wage and a little dignity, 'the opportunity to think beyond sustenance long enough to dream.' Jonathan Evison has written a fierce and funny novel about a young man's attempts to transcend class and poverty." -- Shelf Awareness
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.