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The arrival of a child throws the various characters in Into the Wilderness into confusion. With
delicacy and generosity, David Ebenbach follows as they try to find their uncertain ways, discovering that,
whatever their ages, some reach parenthood before they're ready to tackle adulthood.
For the very real people in David Ebenbach's vivid and emotional stories, becoming a parent&emdash;as
Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going 'into the wilderness.' A trip into
the unknown, the primitive, the real. One single moment, the birth of a child, changes everything. It is
the oldest human story and, in Ebenbach's sure hands, the truest and most moving.
—Jesse Lee Kercheval
Whether writing about accidental mothers or gay fathers, dewyeyed newborns or huffy teenagers, unwitting
grandparents or noncommittal thirty-somethings, David Ebenbach takes us deep into the heart of the messy
confusion and terror and unfathomable love that make up that shaky state we call parenthood. These stories
are fearless, honest and true. They are also a joy to read.
David Ebenbach is the author of another book of short stories—Between Camelots (University of Pittsburgh Press)—and a non-fiction guide to creativity called The Artist's Torah (Cascade Books, forthcoming). His poetry has appeared in, among other places, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Subtropics, and Hayden's Ferry Review. He has been awarded the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center, and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Ebenbach has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.