Sunday, February 15, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Book Review: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
by Jonathan Evision


So raw and engaging.

I was a bit heartbroken when it ended.

The most unique cast of characters.

Sooo.. SOOOOO FUNNY!!!

Compelling.

Great storytelling.  So many hilarious misadventures.

I'm better person after reading this outstanding piece of literature.

Such talent in writing.




My favorite parts of the book:

"Certainly, I don't belong here. A small part of me -- perhaps the hopeful part or maybe the courageous part -- wants to suggest that we all pile into the Subaru and go buy Slurpees. But then I remind myself that I'm a would-be divorcee, who used to be a father, and most of me wanted to run from this house as though it were burning."

"When Bob pulls out behind me, I see in the rearview mirror that he's neglected to remove the parking ticket from beneath the wiper, where it traces a smudgy trail across the windshield twice before disintegrating, and I begin to understand how Bob's life works: that unpaid ticket will turn into a bench warrant and, eventually, probably even result in Bob's arrest on a minor traffic infraction, inciting the cruel amusement of his estranged son and ex-wife. And poor Bob will never know what hit him." ( This is kind of how I feel about Ben, the main character. )

"Truth be told, I'm only reflecting her glare, shining it back on her in hopes of blinding her to my own weakness. I'm not sure how long I can hold it. We both know she's stronger. We both know that I'm ultimately unreliable, that even my best intentions are suspect, and that in my own way I'm every bit as crippled as her son."

"Sometimes you've got to give until it hurts. It's not easy, and it can be downright thankless..."

“I remember us saying that we liked small houses, that proximity engendered closeness in a family. That nobody should be raised by a nanny or in day care. I remember us saying that time, not money, was the greatest resource. That everything would be all right. That the universe would provide. That belief was a force more powerful than gravity itself.” 


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