A wonderful coming-of-age story told with wit and humor, Lawn Boy author Jonathan Evison brings to light the struggles based on race and socioeconomic class. Mike Muñoz, a 22 year old Mexican man, mows lawns for a living. He has limited education, lives in a dilapidated home, has no money and though all he wants is the American Dream, he has so many strikes against him.
Through trials and tribulations, Mike moves one step forward and two steps back as he makes choices to better his future and tries to achieve his goals. A likable character who makes some questionable decisions, I was still always rooting for him. A disabled older brother, a shady businessman and a sleazy real estate agent are some of the people in Mike’s life that create havoc, but he takes the good with the bad and learns along the way.
Mike enjoys life around him and clearly loves his family. I loved his relationship with Andrew, a wacky activist who works in the library, who really encourages and supports him to live his authentic self. Andrew generates great conversation, brings Mike new experiences and opens up his world to possibilities that could lead to happiness and success.
A heartwarming story with many colorful characters – fun and entertaining, while at the same time bringing to light how ethnicity, education, money and perception all play a role in success.
Lawn Boy is now available for purchase.
ABOUT AUTHOR JONATHAN EVISON
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.