You can count on Jonathan Evison to deliver raw emotion as he illustrates the trials and tribulations of characters that could be your neighbors or family members. In his latest novel, Lawn Boy, we meet Mike Muñoz, a 22-year-old who has been dealt a pretty bad hand. He helps his single mother take care of his disabled brother, mows lawns for ungrateful, white clients, and is waiting for his luck to change. Dealing with racial discrimination and social class imbalance leads Mike to realize that he is the one that must write his own story.
“Mike Munoz is a broke, unemployed, sexually confused 22-year-old Chicano man living in Washington State, just trying to find the right path to his American dream. One setback after another is laid in front of him, and Mike wonders if he will ever make the leap from survival mode to working toward his goals. I loved this book for the sincere, engaging way the author addresses the issues of class distinction and cultural discrimination, and Mike is such a funny, tenacious, lovable human that you can't help but ache for his disappointments and cheer for his victories. I hope everyone reads this inspiring novel.”
— Cassie Clemans, Roundabout Books, Bend, OR