We — and you — enjoyed Giveaway Mondays in July so much that we’ve decided to keep the fun going. Giveaway Mondays will continue for the foreseeable future, but they’ll be a little bit different. Different from how they have been, different from week to week. We won’t always be giving away galley copies. We won’t always be giving away 25. We will always be giving away something you want to read.
Speaking of which, today, we’re giving away ONE FINISHED COPY of
by Jonathan Evison
IndieNext Pick for September: “What a heartfelt journey we travel in this capriciously tragic story of Benjamin Benjamin Jr., caregiver extraordinaire. His charge, Trev, is a 19-year-old suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or, as Ben describes him, ‘a pretzel with a perfectly healthy imagination.’ Ben is suffering, too. He is trying to recover from a personal tragedy that has left him without a family or a job. To read this book is to be in a constant, conflicting state between tears and laughter.” —Lynn Riggs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI
Amazon Fall Preview editor’s pick: “A hilarious, harrowing road trip from Kesey’s spiritual heir.” — Jon Foro, senior editor
The Millions’ Most Anticipated Second-Half Novels of 2012: “Evison follows up his bestselling West of Here with a tale of an unusual roadtrip. There is nothing that you cannot lose, and Benjamin has lost most of it: his wife, his family, his home, and his livelihood. Short on options, he enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving and finds himself responsible for nineteen-year-old Trev, an angry and stubborn boy in the advanced stages of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. A friendship develops, and they set out together across the American west to visit Trev’s ailing father.”
Publishers Weekly’s Top Literary Fiction: And here’s how Wendy Werris’ profile piece this week describes the bighearted novel: “Jonathan Evison’s new novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (Algonquin, Aug. 28), is as much a cathartic exercise in healing as it is an intimate story of the unusual bond between Ben, a charmingly pathetic character who’s lost his wife, children, and home, and Trev, a ‘tyrannical’ teenager with the debilitating disease of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, for whom Ben works as a caretaker.”
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