“Jonathan’s earlier book, West of Here, was a favorite all across the NW. This latest work of his is quite different both in context as well as writing style, but equally engaging and thoroughly satisfying. While the characters are certainly intriguing, particularly Trev, a teenage boy with muscular dystrophy, it is the plotline I found most satisfying.
“We follow the life and mind of Benjamin Benjamin (no this is not a typo, his first and last names are indeed the same). Benjamin has suffered a crippling tragedy in his life, and we are following his imperfect recovery. He has moved a step beyond the self-abuse of binge drinking when we come upon him. He takes a job as caregiver to Trev. In some ways they are perfect for one another, lending one another awkward aid.
“Eventually they take a NW trip in which we encounter memorable people and an assortment of adventures. While the book tackles the grip tragedy can hold on to our lives with, I appreciated the lack of sentimentality or summary morals to the story. There are plenty of laughs in the book. More than enough to get you through the times you want to strangle Benjamin.”
—Brad Smith, Owner, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters and Redmond, OR
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and it’s predecessor, West of Here, are both winners of a Pacific Northwest Book Award. If you haven’t gotten hip to Johnny, it’s time revise your position. Buy Evison’s works from Paulina Springs Books or your local indie.