"This fiction focuses on the most important human relations, the ones central to our conceptions of who we are and what life is about. Ebenbach does this all while playing to his strength: using the small, the ordinary, the everyday to give little glimmering glimpses of the enormous, the extraordinary, and the startlingly true."
-Eve Ottenberg, Washington City Paper
-Karen Paul-Stern, CurrentMom
"The souls of Judith's story and each of Ebenbach's stories about the wilderness of parenthood shine brightly in this lush, honest and beautifully written collection."
"Into the Wilderness, a terrific collection of 14 stories, explores that ostensibly familiar but ever strange, exciting but terrifying territory of parenthood....Once read, these quiet and luminous tales linger. With charm, insight, and humor, Ebenbach reveals a deeper meaning to everyday events that by their very ordinariness rush by unnoticed, moments typically experienced without thought or examination."
-Linda Morefield, Washington Independent Review of Books
"Ebenbach's range is as varied and nuanced as the parental experience....Ebenbach's empathy, of showing the complexity of his characters no matter how dark...give it an authenticity that transcend gender or parental roles into what is at heart what it means to be human. It's as if the stories have always existed and we're hearing about it now; they weren't created by some guy, they happened to someone." -Robert Duffer, Good Men Project
"Into the Wilderness is a delightful read."
-Simone Ellin, Baltimore Jewish Times
"Each story in Into the Wilderness is like a sharp-focus snapshot of a moment of parenting: sad, funny, perplexing, but always honest."
-Stephanie Bedford, Capital Times
"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--as Judith, the single mother in four of the stories, says--is going 'into the wilderness.' It is the oldest human story and, in Ebenbach's sure hands, the truest and most moving."
-Jesse Lee Kercheval
"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."