The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

by Jonathan Evison

Overview: Jonathan Evison has crafted a novel of the heart, a novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape, and most of all, a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to truly care for another person. Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this bighearted and inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards.

Debbie Weiss (11/28/15): This book is about the resiliency of the human spirit. Ben Benjamin has seen tragedy in his life. He is defeated, depressed and has no hope for the future. The story is about how he bounces back through his relationships with others also struggling to make their way in this difficult world. I enjoyed the book, mostly because all the characters were flawed in some respect, but likeable none-the-less. You want all of them to succeed.
Rating: ****

Faith Bowers (08/09/15): I read this novel because of the Book reviews here. Ben does indeed start moving on from his own tragedy in his efforts to take care of Trevor. The journey to see another estranged father moves the novel at a much faster pace then the beginning of the story. Interspersing Ben's tragedy with the current story gives the book it edginess. I enjoyed the quick read.
Rating: ****

Gail Reid (07/10/15): When the lead character Ben Benjamin's life falls apart quickly and tragically, he attempts to pick up the pieces by taking a low paying job as a caregiver for a teenage boy Trevor afflicted with MD. In this quirky novel, the rules for caregiving are often bent and twisted to create relationships among a host of characters who are broken in some way. Written with humor and insight, the novel shows us that caregiving is not a one-way road and the relationships that people develop are the true source of what uplifts and sustains them. 3+
Rating: ***+

Mary Ann Kavouras (03/10/15): After hearing this movie is being filmed in Roswell, I wanted to read the book. I feel the book was well written. A tragedy sets the mood for the story. What the tragedy was exactly is revealed over time as we become more familiar with the main character . The story is a journey, both figuratively and literally, where growth is allowed to take place through the development of relationships. Knowing the author experienced a similar tragedy in his personal life adds an element of sadness to the story. Bottom line, I enjoyed the journey and am glad I read the book. I'm looking forward to the movie!
Rating: ****

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