"A most stealthily powerful novel...so poignant yet improbably funny."
The New York Times
"Evison's prose is replete with his gifts for witty imagery and turns of phrase...With its extremely cinematic plot and collection of quirky scenes, the novel might remind you of "Little Miss Sunshine" meets "Rain Man"...The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is even-keeled, big-hearted, and very funny, and full of hope. Through Ben, missteps are made, and human foibles are exposed. But we also glimpse that distant shore of hard-earned redemption. For that, Evison's novel is worth the voyage."
–PAUL S. MAKISHIMA,
"Smart and bittersweet and attuned to the absurdity of life -- Evison's book is the literary version of a good grunge song, not a power rock ballad."
LA Weekly "Book of the Week"
"An unlikely and funny buddy book...the comic novel may be the hardest work of fiction to pull off well...The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is a showcase of what makes a good one tick: Characters just a touch disconnected from reality, a prevailing sense of life's absurdity and a handful of rude jokes...Evison proves that some of the best comedy emerges from lives that have jumped the rails."
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Sometimes funny, sometimes slapstick, big-hearted novel...We readers want to go along for the ride, to follow the detours and adventures, to encounter new people, and Evison's novel delivers."
"A warm, funny look at recovering from tragedy."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A cathartic novel that will leave readers breathing a heavy sigh of pleasurable release. Its offensive at times, witty, funny, and an excellent example of modern realism....Evison offers readers bittersweet highs and tragic lows while illuminating all the sticky, messy passages in between. No matter what you're in the mood for, pick up this little gem. In less than 300 pages, the weight of the world will feel a little lighter on your shoulders in the aftershock of Ben's tragedy. Your prospects may seem brighter next to Trev's grim future. Your eyes will sting from laughter at the dark, unforgiving humor. You won't have any regrets."
"A hilarious, harrowing road trip from Kesey's spiritual heir."
Amazon.com Senior Editor
"Evison manages to find considerable humor in this plaintive story of care giving and receiving . . . A lively narrative with a poignant core and quirky, lonely characters."
"The wildly beating, ragingly funny heart of Evison's novel blazes through a landscape of grief, tragedy, and yup, even hope. Dazzlingly told and deeply felt, it nudges us toward an understanding that love is precarious, that disaster can earthquake us, and that caring is always worth the cost."
author of Pictures of You
"Jonathan Evison is a gifted raconteur with a wicked sense of humor and an unflagging empathy for humankind in all its sad, foible-filled magnificence. In The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, his myriad talents are displayed in full bloom."
author of The Sisters Brothers
"Jonathan Evison doesn't write his characters so much as channels them – deeply and with heartbreaking honesty. I've read few novels that tell their stories with such a successful balance of tenderness and grit. Life often deals us lousy cards; Evison's characters teach us the rewards of staying in the game."
author of Ella Minnow Pea
"Sly and surprising, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is both a goofy road trip and a mission of atonement. Jonathan Evison has the singular ability to make the heartbreaking seem jaunty."
author of The Odds: A Love Story
"The funniest and most tough-minded novel I've read in a long time. Evison is a great lyrical talent . . . and this is his best novel yet."
author of Half a Life
"Putting the Reader to Work"
by Jonathan Evison,
The Wall Street Journal, August 10, 2012
"Up Front" with Jonathan Evison,
The New York Times, June 29, 2012