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Jonathan Evison

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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

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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
"Humor is such a delicate thing. Handled badly, it’s like those last tiny shards of potato chips at the bottom of the bag—pointless, greasy, annoying reminders that you should have quit while you were ahead. Humor done well is a bite into an ethere..." Read more of this review »
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"4.5 stars, 1/2 star off for having to get used to the combo of second and third person narration technique and the episodic time-changing format, but other than that I loved it. More to come."
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
"Months after her husband has died, Harriet Chance receives a phone call that the cruise he won is about to expire. He won it two years ago, just as Alzheimer's set in. Of course he forgot about it.
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" . . . owen loved it! . . . we're gonna read it again this weekend at the cabin! "
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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.”
Jonathan Evison, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

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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.”
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“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.”
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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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