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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

(2012)
A novel by

 

"Sly and surprising... both a goofy road trip and a mission of atonement."
Stewart O'Nan


In The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (releasing June 24, 2016 as a Netflix Original Film titled The Fundamentals of Caring, starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez), Jonathan Evison, author of the new novel This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and the New York Times bestseller West of Here, has crafted a novel of the heart, a story of unlikely heroes in a grand American landscape.

For Ben Benjamin, all has been lost--his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. Hoping to find a new direction, he enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving, where he will learn to take care of people with disabilities. He is instructed about professionalism, about how to keep an emotional distance between client and provider, and about the art of inserting catheters while avoiding liability. But when Ben is assigned his first client--a tyrannical nineteen-year-old boy named Trevor, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy--he soon discovers that the endless service checklists have done nothing to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely stubborn, sexually frustrated teenager who has an ax to grind with the whole world.

Over time, the relationship between Ben and Trev, which had begun with mutual misgivings, evolves into a close friendship, and the traditional boundaries between patient and caregiver begin to blur. The bond between them strengthens as they embark on a road trip to visit Trev's ailing father--a journey rerouted by a series of bizarre roadside attractions that propel them into an impulsive adventure disrupted by one birth, two arrests, a freakish dust storm, and a six-hundred-mile cat-and-mouse pursuit by a mysterious brown Buick Skylark. By the end of that journey, Trev has had his first taste of love, and Ben has found a new reason to love life.

Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this big-hearted and inspired novel ponders life's terrible surprises as well as what it takes to truly care for another human being.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

June 2013 : UK Hardback
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
ISBN: 1-78185-175-1 / 978-1-78185-175-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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January 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel (Wheeler Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
ISBN: 1-4104-5368-5 / 978-1-4104-5368-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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August 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
ISBN: 1-61620-039-1 / 978-1-61620-039-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

August 2015 : Canada Paperback
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
ISBN: 1-4434-4747-1 / 978-1-4434-4747-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperAvenue
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
ISBN: 1-78185-177-8 / 978-1-78185-177-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
ISBN: 1-78185-176-X / 978-1-78185-176-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
ISBN: 1-61620-315-3 / 978-1-61620-315-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

June 2013 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
Availability: Amazon   

June 2013 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
Publisher: AudioGO Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2012 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
ISBN: 1-61174-899-2 / 978-1-61174-899-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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August 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

August 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
Publisher: HarperAvenue
Availability: Amazon CA   

June 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Fundamentals of Caring
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2013 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel
Author(s): Jonathan Evison
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Availability: Amazon   



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