RaveCourier JournalRarely, if ever...have I been as enthusiastic as I am for Groundskeeping, a timely debut novel by an important new voice for Kentucky, and American, literature ... Groundskeeping has plenty of conflicts, but it also is a memorable love story ... From time to time, Cole’s prose is achingly right ... Since the story is told from Owen’s perspective, we get fewer insights into the minds of those around him. But his own wisdom, which develops as the book progresses, is on the mark, and sometimes profound ... Surprises abound in Cole’s book, but not predictable ones. And you will have to read it to discover what they are. And with Groundskeeping, this young man joins a pantheon of living Kentucky writers including Bobbie Ann Mason, Wendell Berry and Sena Jeter Naslund.