What I Know Now

What I Know Now

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What I Know Now by Rodger Larson 

1997, paperback

Dave Ryan's mother has hired Gene Tole to build a garden at the old home she is moving back to, away from her failed marriage. A handsome, thoughtful man, Gene seems to be the father Dave's own silent, brooding dad could never be. "Sometimes when you build a garden," Gene explains, "you build a gardener, too." But a garden contains both beauty and secrets.

As Dave's feelings for Gene grow, he peers around the edges of his own life, seeing his brother, father, and mother in new ways. What I Know Now is a beautifully written evocation of a boy's dawning sexuality that shows how his emerging feelings help him to become a young man.