Completely different from West of Here which I also loved, The Revised Fundamentals is straight forward and beautifully written, filled with characters you wish you could know and will not forget.
I love this quote in which Ben is encouraging Peaches, the twenty-one year old, unmarried, unemployed, 8 1/2 month pregnant woman whose boyfriend is back in jail:
"Peaches, I say, take heart my mountain wildflower! There is life beyond Henderson! There are pleasures and mysteries unfathomable to your young heart! Do not measure out your life with coffee spoons nor lay waste your powers--live, I say! Invent yourself! Let your reach exceed your grasp! And pass the hummus while you're at it!"Eliot, Wordsworth, and Browning, capped by the humor of "pass the hummus" -- how appropriate for the message Benjamin is trying to deliver, combined with the nonsense of the situation. Love it! Love the book.
Don't Miss This One!
Fiction. Contemporary Fiction. 2012. 276 pages.