They all thought I was good-natured, upright and responsible, generous, affectionate, and kind, and of course I could be those things, but there was much more to me than that, a side that unnerved even myself, and this side included William.
Seventeen-year-old Evan begins his life's adventures with a summer job mowing forty-one year-old William's lawn. This ordinary chore leads him into an unexpected world of passion and love--something his parents never shared with each other. Kicked out of the house for being undeniably gay, Evan moves in with William and roams his childhood neighborhood as an exile. Burdened by his relentless desire but armed with a vast imagination, Evan wanders through the lush and decaying urban landscape of South Florida in search of connections in a broken world.
"Nobody writes about hilarious longing the way Lisicky does. Some writers manage to be funny and sad in turn; in Lawnboy, Lisicky manages to be both at the same time. It's beautifully written, it's beautiful."—Elizabeth McCracken
"This adventure-of-the-heart takes place in as evocative a landscape as any you'll find in fiction, its Floridian decay and lushness the perfect setting for a story dense with eroticism, disillusionment, and the surprising grace notes of renewal."—Bernard Cooper