Join Village Books and Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen in hosting author Jonathan Evison for his new book, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. This free event will take place in the patio at the Brewery and will include live music. Guests are encouraged to purchase food and drinks for a relaxed atmosphere. We'll offer the chance to win two t-shirts of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. We hope to see you there!
About The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: Benjamin Benjamin has lost virtually everything, his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. With few options, Ben enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving in the basement of a local church. There Ben is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding liability, about professionalism, and how to keep physical and emotional distance between client and provider. But when Ben is assigned to tyrannical nineteen-year-old Trev, in the advanced stages of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, he soon discovers that the endless mnemonics and service plan checklists have done little to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually frustrated adolescent with an ax to grind with the world at large.
Though begun with mutual misgivings, the relationship between Trev and Ben evolves into a close camaraderie and the traditional boundaries between patient and caregiver begin to blur as they embark on a road trip across the American West to visit Trev's ailing father. A series of must-see roadside attractions side-track them into an adventure highlighted by one birth, two arrests, a freakish dust storm, and a six-hundred-mile cat-and-mouse pursuit by a mysterious brown Buick Skylark. Bursting with energy, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is a big-hearted, souful, and inspired novel that ponders life's terrible surprises and the heart’s uncanny capacity to mend and become whole again.
Jonathan Evison is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel West of Here and All About Lulu, which won the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, he was the recipient of a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He lives on an island in western Washington.