Friday, September 13, 2013

Pg. 69: Ben Dolnick's "At the Bottom of Everything"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: At the Bottom of Everything by Ben Dolnick.

About the book, from the publisher:
A stunning novel of friendship, guilt, and madness: two friends, torn apart by a terrible secret, and the dark adventure that neither of them could have ever conceived.

It’s been ten years since the “incident,” and Adam has long since decided he’s better off without his former best friend, Thomas. Adam is working as a tutor, sleeping with the mother of a student, spending lonely nights looking up his ex-girlfriend on Facebook, and pretending that he has some more meaningful plan for an adult life. But when he receives an email from Thomas’s mother begging for his help, he finds himself drawn back into his old friend’s world, and into the past he’s tried so desperately to forget. As Adam embarks upon a magnificently strange and unlikely journey, Ben Dolnick unspools a tale of spiritual reckoning, of search and escape, of longing and reaching for redemption—a tale of near hallucinatory power.
Learn more about the book and author at Ben Dolnick's website.

Dolnick's other novels are Zoology and You Know Who You Are.

The Page 69 Test: Zoology.

The Page 69 Test: You Know Who You Are.

Writers Read: Ben Dolnick (March 2011).

Writers Read: Ben Dolnick.

The Page 69 Test: At the Bottom of Everything.

--Marshal Zeringue