IN STORE: Lee Cole, author of Groundskeeping, in conversation with Lindsay Lynch

Parnassus Books is pleased to welcome Lee Cole to celebrate his debut novel, Groundskeeping, in conversation with Lindsay Lynch.

This is a free event which will take place IN STORE on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:30pm Central Time. Because space will be limited, registration is required to attend this event. Please register for free by filling out the form below! (Note: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the event so your space can be provided to another guest.) Masks will be required during this event. 

About the Book

An indelible love story about two very different people navigating the entanglements of class and identity and coming of age in an America coming apart at the seams--this is an extraordinary debut about the ties that bind families together and tear them apart across generations (Ann Patchett, best-selling author of The Dutch House).

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.

Exquisitely written; expertly crafted; dazzling in its precision, restraint, and depth of feeling, Groundskeeping is a novel of haunting power and grace from a prodigiously gifted young writer.

About the Author

Lee Cole was born and grew up in rural Kentucky. A recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he now lives in New York.

About Lindsay Lynch

Lindsay Lynch is the author of the novel Do Tell, forthcoming from Doubleday Books in 2023. A longtime indie bookseller, she currently lives in Nashville, TN, where she works as the book buyer for Parnassus Books. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Wyoming. Her work has appeared in The Adroit JournalElectric Lit, The AtlanticThe Offing and Lit Hub, among other places. 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
Groundskeeping: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593320501
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - March 1st, 2022