Jonathan Evison’s new novel explores the American dream — and nightmare.

Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison | Photo courtesy of Keith Brofsky.

Jonathan Evison is a force of nature. The Santa Clara–born writer (and former punk rocker) seamlessly navigates different genres. The black humor of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (adapted into a 2016 film starring Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez) was followed by 2019’s Lawn Boy — the tale of Mike Muñoz, a mixed-race kid who likes to turn turf into topiary — which got caught up in the culture wars of the past few years. He’s also taken on epic themes in ambitious novels of the American West like West of Here (2011) and Legends of the North Cascades (2021).

Small World

Small World (Dutton)“A bighearted, widescreen American tale,” says Kirkus Reviews of Evison’s seventh novel, published in January.

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