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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012

Evison's Inspiring 'Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving'

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In Jonathan Evison's The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, we are introduced to Benjamin Benjamin, a character at the end of his rope. Benjamin has had a rash of bad luck, including the loss of his wife, his family and his livelihood. With no options to speak of, Benjamin enrolls in a class on the fundamentals of caregiving and soon finds himself employed as a caregiver to 19-year-old Trev, a sexually frustrated adolescent in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Trev's life is defined by routine—like eating the same thing for breakfast and watching endless hours of the Weather Channel—so when the two decide to head out on a road trip to visit Trev's dad, the result is pure bedlam. Along the way the two pick up a fair share of stragglers—including a pregnant woman, her parolee boyfriend, and a runaway girl—and endure detours to roadside attractions, elaborate chase scenes, a few brawls and a huge dust storm. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is an inspiring tale on life's surprises and the heart's capacity to mend, filled with a perfect blend of humor and sadness. Readers will learn to care about both Trev and Benjamin as the pair struggles to find meaning in lives filled with unasked-for tragedies.

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
is Evison's third novel. His previous work, West of Here, was a New York Times best seller and his debut novel, All About Lulu, won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award. Evison will speak at Boswell Book Co. on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.