Ben Benjamin has lost virtually everything—his wife,
his family, his home, his livelihood. With few options, Ben enrolls in a night
class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving taught in the basement of a local
church. There Ben is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding
liability, about professionalism, and how to keep physical and emotional
distance between client and provider. But when Ben is assigned to
nineteen-year-old Trev, who is in the advanced stages of Duchenne muscular
dystrophy, he discovers that the endless mnemonics and service plan checklists
have done little to prepare him for the reality of caring for a fiercely
stubborn, sexually frustrated adolescent. As they embark on a wild road trip
across the American West to visit Trev’s ailing father, a new camaraderie replaces
the traditional boundary between patient and caregiver.
Bursting with energy, this big-hearted, soulful, and
inspired novel ponders life’s terrible surprises and the heart’s uncanny
capacity to mend and become whole again. Download and start listening now!