Sunday, December 23, 2012

Caregiving and a Road Trip

I really enjoy novels that are set in places that I know. I love reading about familiar street corners and towns I have been in. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison is just such a book. The story is set on a peninsula out in the Puget Sound, west of Seattle. Later in the book the main characters head east across Eastern Washington, northern Idaho and on into Montana, ending up in Utah. I am from Eastern Washington and I have lived in Seattle, Idaho and Montana as well. Utah too. Still, when I read this book it is the characters that stand out. There is Ben Benjamin, who lost everything but has a knack for taking care of people, and Trevor, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and is a frustrated, hormonal 18 year old young man. The two characters come together when Ben applies for a job taking care of Trevor.  Ben has just finished taking a class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving and working with Trevor is his first job in this new field. The story of their relationship involves what might possibly be an ex-wife, an estranged father, a road trip, childbirth. It includes humor, waffles and a mysterious Buick Skylark. Check it out. You will enjoy it!


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