Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The revised fundamentals of caregiving, by Jonathan Evison

Ben Benjamin, who has spectacularly failed to protect his own two children, has lost his wife, his job, and his home in addition to the children.  Seeking any kind of employment, he ends up taking a class on the fundamentals of caregiving and accepting a job looking after a nineteen year old young man with advanced Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a death sentence.   Trevor’s mother is over-protective, his father, unable to cope, has moved away.  Together, Ben and Trevor embark on an epic road trip, picking up odd characters along the way.  At times hilarious, at times heart-breaking.  Never dull.   278 pp.

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