The Celebrants by Steven Rowley

The Celebrants by Steven Rowley

Title:  The Celebrants
Author: Steven Rowley
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam's Sons
Genre:   General Fiction (Adult), LGBTQIAP+
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  320
Date of US Publication:  30 May, 2023
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

I’ll admit that this is my first full title by the author. I started reading The Guncle and then my dad got sick and died, very quickly - I stopped reading at that point, putting it aside for a later time, and it’s not that time yet. The author’s ‘The Editor’ has been on my tbr list for years, and I always thought that ‘Lily and the Octopus’ was children’s fiction and didn’t look further at it. So, yes, this is my first completely read title. 

But, recalling that I was thoroughly enjoying my reading of TG while I was, I knew that I wanted to read this new title and was very excited to be approved. 

There’s a lot of emotion in these pages, and  you’ll be going on a roller coaster ride with them. This was utterly heartfelt, sentimental, and wonderful reading. I enjoyed this one a lot. 


Thank you to G.P. Putnam’s Sons and NetGalley for the DRC!


A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick

Big Chill for our times, celebrating decades-long friendships and promises—especially to ourselves—by the bestselling and beloved author of The Guncle.

It’s been a minute—or five years—since Jordan Vargas last saw his college friends, and twenty-eight years since their graduation when their adult lives officially began. Now Jordan, Jordy, Naomi, Craig, and Marielle find themselves at the brink of a new decade, with all the responsibilities of adulthood, yet no closer to having their lives figured out. Though not for a lack of trying. Over the years they’ve reunited in Big Sur to honor a decades-old pact to throw each other living “funerals,” celebrations to remind themselves that life is worth living—that their lives mean something, to one another if not to themselves.

But this reunion is different. They’re not gathered as they were to bolster Marielle as her marriage crumbled, to lift Naomi after her parents died, or to intervene when Craig pleaded guilty to art fraud. This time, Jordan is sitting on a secret that will upend their pact.

A deeply honest tribute to the growing pains of selfhood and the people who keep us going, coupled with Steven Rowley’s signature humor and heart, 
The Celebrants is a moving tale about the false invincibility of youth and the beautiful ways in which friendship helps us celebrate our lives, even amid the deepest challenges of living.


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