posted by Chuck Ayers
A book of fiction with romance. Romance with much complication. It starts like this: A young man from Kentucky wants a graduate degree but he can’t afford the tuition. So, he takes a grounds keeping job at the local small college and in turn he receive some free tuition. Then he starts his job and his graduate classes. The Complication starts when this countryfied Bluegrass Kentuckian meets up with a young lady born in Bosnia and grew up in a Washington, DC suburb of Virginia. He a small-town rural Bible belt conservative Christian and she born liberal Muslim. He raised in a working-class environment and she was raised by upper middle-class professionals and she had an undergraduate Ivy League education. And it gets complicated from there.
Title GroundsKeeping, a novel by Lee Cole 2022 fiction with a bit of romance. And we are talking about mere relationship development. But don’t let the romance scare you. There is plenty of complication and angst. I myself don’t care for too much cheesecake romance. Read it. You might like it. I did.
Library of Congress annotation:
“In the run-up to the 2016 election, Owen Callahan, an aspiring writer, moves back to Kentucky to live with his Trump-supporting uncle and grandfather. Eager to clean up his act after wasting time and potential in his early twenties, he takes a job as a groundskeeper at a small local college, in exchange for which he is permitted to take a writing course. Here he meets Alma Hazdic, a writer in residence who seems to have everything that Owen lacks—a prestigious position, an Ivy League education, success as a writer. They begin a secret relationship, and as they grow closer, Alma—who comes from a liberal family of Bosnian immigrants—struggles to understand
Owen’s fraught relationship with family and home.”
Again, I submit these book reports because I failed to complete my book report assignments in junior high school. So, there Mrs. Cox and Mr. Ryan.