Ben and Joshua met in their youth, working at a summer camp. More than fifteen years after their bitter sendoff, they meet again and spend a weekend together in a secluded house in Vermont, by Lake Champlain.
“Switching back and forth between past and present, coasting on issues of class, gender, and identity, How Far Into the Trees explores the anguish and beauty of growing up and of getting older. A dark, sweet, sour and raw novella, it lingers and haunts.”
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About the Author
Benjamin Ashton was born in Philadelphia, PA. He lived on both coasts before settling in Washington, DC.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh the humanity. Two great, slightly messed up characters trying to connect. It's lovely and sweet on the surface, biting and harsh just below. There's also a refreshingly smart and spunky secondary female character and a page-long single sentence-paragraph of a sex scene that's kind of breathtaking. Great short story.
It's always thrilling to come across a book from an author you've never heard of, drawn by the cover and the elliptic blurb, and finding yourself fast engrossed and delighted in the reading. This book is one of those precious little finds. It's very short and benefits to be read in one sitting. It's a bittersweet, delicate music that tells a tale both moody and uplifting (i think, though much is often left to the reader's own interpretation). It's a collection of moments, strung together by the narrator, and a musing on sex and intimacy. But the backbone is about two characters, never fully able to make something of their mutual attraction. The story unfolds in an interesting, back-and-forth nonlinear path and the parting words should hit you right in the heart.
A story of a moment in life that catches back up with you. Very well written. You almost forget that you are reading something and not actually experiencing the action at that time. Benjamin draws the reader in with his writing making you feel like an old friend listening to his story.
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