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Jonathan Evison

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Jonathan Evison is the New York Times Bestselling author of All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, and Lawn Boy.

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 lives on an island in Western Washington.







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All About Lulu

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"Wow, just wow! I hope the author is not offended when I say that this book makes me think of John Irving at his very best. If you swop out New England for New Hollywood, and wrestling for bodybuilding, you basically have a classic and massively enjoy" Read more of this review »
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"This is a late contender for the best book I've read this year. And that is saying a LOT!"
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"Rating: 4/5 (Would read again)

One of my favorite books of 2019. I've recommended it to both friends and family. Read it!

As an inhabitant of the Pacific Northwest, when a friend of mine told me the setting of this book I was immediately interested. I " Read more of this review »
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“Maybe the biggest lesson I've learned, in art and in life, is that when the questions become too numerous and the considerations begin to feel a little overwhelming, you just have to look away for a minute and regather your vision for the thing, try to see it the way it originally came to you. Ask yourself, how did I arrive here? What was I trying to accomplish?”
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“I don't like it,' said Pigott. 'This is a well-established neighborhood. These families go back generations.'

'Don't all families go back generations?”
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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.”
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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