Into the Wilderness

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For the very real people in David Ebenbach’s vivid and emotional stories,” says author Jesse Lee Kercheval, “becoming a parent—as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going ‘into the wilderness.’” The collection Into the Wilderness explores the theme of parenthood from many angles: an eager-to-connect divorced father takes his kids to a Jewish-themed baseball game; a lesbian couple tries to decide whether their toddler son needs a man in his life; one young couple debates the idea of ...
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Overview

For the very real people in David Ebenbach’s vivid and emotional stories,” says author Jesse Lee Kercheval, “becoming a parent—as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says—is going ‘into the wilderness.’” The collection Into the Wilderness explores the theme of parenthood from many angles: an eager-to-connect divorced father takes his kids to a Jewish-themed baseball game; a lesbian couple tries to decide whether their toddler son needs a man in his life; one young couple debates the idea of parenthood while another struggles with infertility; a reserved father uses an all-you-can-eat buffet to comfort his heartbroken son. But the backbone of the collection is Judith, who we follow through her challenging first weeks of motherhood, culminating in an intense and redemptive baby-naming ceremony. Says author Joan Leegant, “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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780931846656
  • Publisher: Washington Writers' Publishing House
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    This is my kind of story collection. It's go what makes me happy

    This is my kind of story collection. It's go what makes me happy - deep insights, humor, kindness, a better understanding of the world and my own life.  Plus it's written by a guy, and I especially loved hearing about family from a male perspective, without being stereotypically so.

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  • Posted October 15, 2012

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    a quick read comprised of thoughtful short stories

    Did I enjoy this book: I found this book to be thought-provoking, emotional, and kind of sad. It was a quick read and I am glad I read this collection of short stories.

    Each short story in Into the Wilderness was about parenthood - whether the situation was about a new parent, a separated parent, or a hopeful parent. Each story seemed to focus on a hardship or a downside to each parent's situation. These are not your happy, everything-about-being-a-parent-is-great stories. This made it a bit difficult for me to relate to any of the parents in the stories. Now, I'm not saying that my experience with parenthood is the best all the time either. It's just that I didn't relate to these particular stories. For example, the "main character" through four of the stories, Judith, could not come up with a name for her child...even a few weeks after her child was born. That I could not understand.

    I was happy with the ending. I was worried about this particular parent throughout the stories. The message in the book is clear...not everything about being a parent or hoping to be a parent is perfect...but in my mind, the good moments always outweigh the bad.

    Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was a quick read comprised of thoughtful short stories.

    Will I read it again: I will not read this book again.

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