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Jonathan Evison is an American writer best known for his debut novel All About Lulu published in 2008, which won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, Evison was awarded a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. A second novel, West of Here, will be released in February 2011 from Algonquin. Editor Chuck Adams (Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, An Arsonist's Guide to Writers Homes in New England) has called West of Here the best novel he's worked on in over four decades of publishing.

In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Born in San Jose, California, he now...more

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"A vast frontier tale set in the untamed wilderness of the Olympic Mountains, West of Here connects a multitude of scrappy characters living in two different centuries." ...More

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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
"So honest, so refreshing, all in all one of the better reads in quite some time. From the characters to the plot to the conclusion, after finishing the story I experienced one overwhelming feeling: gratitude."
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
"Sweet Moses sailing down a river, this is a good book. It's such a cliche to say, "I laughed, I cried!" But I laughed out loud through the entire thing. And when I wasn't, my chest was tight with grief. That's what this book will do to you.

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“Listen to me: everything you think you know, every relationship you've ever taken for granted, every plan or possibility you've ever hatched, every conceit or endeavor you've ever concocted, can be stripped from you in an instant. Sooner or later, it will happen. So prepare yourself. Be ready not to be ready. Be ready to be brought to your knees and beaten to dust. Because no stable foundation, no act of will, no force of cautious habit will save you from this fact: nothing is indestructible.”
Jonathan Evison, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

“I'll never stop caring. But the thing about caring is, it's inconvenient. Sometimes you've got to give when it makes no sense to at all. Sometimes you've got to give until it hurts.”
Jonathan Evison, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

“I know I've lost my mind. But I'm not concerned, because it's the first thing I've lost in a long time that actually feels good.”
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“First, I'm going to give you all the Copperfield crap, and I'm not going to apologize for any of it, not one paragraph, so if you're not interested in how I came to see the future, or how I came to understand that the biggest truth in my life was a lie, or, for that matter, how I parlayed my distaste for hot dogs into an '84 RX-7 and a new self-concept, do us both a favor, and just stop now.”
Jonathan Evison, All About Lulu

“We are born haunted, he said, his voice weak, but still clear. Haunted by our fathers and mothers and daughters, and by people we don't remember. We are haunted by otherness, by the path not taken, by the life unlived. We are haunted by the changing winds and the ebbing tides of history. And even as our own flame burns brightest, we are haunted by the embers of the first dying fire. But mostly, said Lord Jim, we are haunted by ourselves.”
Jonathan Evison, West of Here

“Can we really be whoever we want to be, now that we’ve collected all that we are?”
Jonathan Evison, West of Here

“A man’s destiny is not in the eyes of others. It’s in his own. And that, my young friend, is as good as any bank note.”
Jonathan Evison, West of Here

“He threw himself headlong at a job as if were he to stop the job would throw itself headlong back at him.”
Jonathan Evison, West of Here

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message 4: by Kevin

Kevin Congrats on the recent book deal, man. Maybe I'll see you in Seattle in July. I'll be at Elliott Bay on July 11th for Portland Noir.

message 3: by Shel

Shel I'm sure you already saw the Author Blogs announcement and that you're writing one... right now!

message 2: by W.B.

W.B. Thanks for the invite.

I like your constellation of books here...I can tell you're in a good universe...

message 1: by Laura

Laura I ordered Lulu today at a bookstore in NH...can't wait to read it!

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