Fiction Book Review of Groundskeeping by Lee Cole

Arts & Culture

Groundskeeping is a complicated modern romance of a couple from opposite backgrounds. Spot on perspectives on family dynamics; an adult trying to relate to outdated parents with whom he’s evolved past. Set on a college campus and out in the boondocks that will make you want to visit Knoxville.

The book is set just after the 2016 election and rumbles with the undercurrent of the underserved throwing their weight around, others cringing at the daily news. This backdrop is fitting for a lost thirty-something attempting to make sense of his life and career.

I appreciated the relationship struggles spanning all types; romantic, parent-child, occupational. Lee Cole’s character and natural descriptions reminded me of John Knowles A Separate Peace, tinged with both halcyon and bittersweet nostalgia.

Highly recommended for anyone with southern roots or struggles with those of opposing political affiliations.

Groundskeeping is available at BookStore1 Sarasota 117 S. Pineapple Ave. or on their online store at www.sarasotabooks.com. Groundskeeping by Lee Cole Published March 1, 2022 ISBN: 9780593320518

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