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The New York Times…poignant yet improbably funny…Mr. Evison doesn't milk the implicit pathos in both Ben's and Trev's situations. Their lives are dire but don't feel that way; this author has really got a way with losers…Mr. Evison's preceding book, West of Here, was much longer than this one. Part of it dealt with settlers of Washington's Pacific Coast in the late 19th century; part described their less purposeful 21st-century descendants. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving concentrates on the latter type, lost souls of every stripe. Whatever the book lacks in historical sweep is more than matched by powerful undercurrents of loss.