The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
A NovelBook - 2012
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CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017
Benjamin has hit rock-bottom in life when he takes a course in caregiving. He is assigned to a teenage boy with muscular dystrophy, who wants to go on a road trip.
CRRLCollection Aug 23, 2016
Ben Benjamin doesn't know where to turn anymore--he's lost everything, it seems like. His whole livelihood. When he volunteers for a caregiving program, his first client is a stubborn 19-year-old who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Over time, their friendship blossoms, a... Read More »
Pair with "The Universe Versus Alex Woods" (YA) by Gavin Extence. Two terminal illnesses, two road trips, two totally different stories.
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From Book Group Buzz blog, post by Misha Stone:
Jonathan Evison, author of All About Lulu and West of Here, has a new novel out, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and it is fantastic. It is a novel full of wit, heartache and redemption. Benjamin Benjamin is looking at 40 with few job prospects, a broken marriage and losses that would rip the average human being apart. Benjamin takes a job as a caretaker for Trev, a teenager with muscular dystrophy. Benjamin and Trev trade jocular banter as Benjamin shadowboxes with his past. A roadtrip occurs between these two unlikely partners, a journey that changes them both and helps them move forward.
It’s always hard to sum up a book you enjoyed and while comparisons never do a book justice, sometimes they can enlighten someone else to reasons why they should give it a try. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving made me think of why I loved the film “Rushmore”–it looks like a silly caper of a movie until you see where its secret and deeply sad heart is buried. Evison’s new novel also made me think of writers like Jess Walter and Jonathan Tropper, two authors that also balance comedy and tragedy on a knife edge. I also loved this book because it captures my childhood stomping grounds–the grungy around the edges Kitsap County towns where people still play darts and smoke dope at parties with strangers and a lonely man can turn himself around despite the odds.
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