- Meg Raymond
Facing forty, Benjamin Benjamin finds himself in a dingy church basement attending a class called The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, which is also the name of a poignant novel by Jonathan Evison. Benjamin has lost his home and family, and a caregiver certificate might be his only chance at finding his way back to normalcy.
His first (and only) client is an angry and bitter 19 year old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy named Trevor. They embark on a poorly planned road trip across the country. Of course, things go wrong. Horribly, inexplicably and hilariously wrong. They pick up a hitchhiking teenage runaway and an ex-con and his pregnant wife. They are being followed by someone in a brown Dodge. They face perils and hardships—car trouble, handicapped-accessible bathrooms that are anything but, and a pancake restaurant that won't serve them pancakes.
Benjamin learns new definitions of what home and family mean. Trevor gets a first taste of love. There is no "happily ever after," but this sprawling, messy, tender, bitter, funny, sad—and ultimately uplifting—road trip is worth the ride. Hop in, there's room for one more.