The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy

screen-shot-2016-12-29-at-9-29-51-pm“Groups are difficult,” says one of the characters in David’s third short story collection, The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy and other stories, and she might as well be speaking for all the characters in the book. These stories—funny, surprising, true to life—are about people choosing whether to go it alone in the world or try to find a place for themselves, whatever it takes. They travel across the world to meet new people; they join cults and awkward social clubs; they stumble through strange workplaces. There are belly dancing troupes and patriotic theme parks, barber shops and orgies. There’s a whole world of people—befuddling, a little scary, and riding on hope. In the words of author Roy Kesey, “In this striking collection, David Ebenbach inhabits a series of minds that most of us would classify as unknowable; he does so with empathy and wisdom, and often with humor as well.”

WANT TO GET A COPY?
The Guy We Didn’t Invite to the Orgy and other stories is now available for sale at the University of Massachusetts Press, Amazon, Powell’s, and Barnes & Noble!

WANT TO CHECK THE STORIES OUT IN ADVANCE?
Here are a couple of sample stories from the collection that have been published online: “Everyone Around Me,” first published in Cerise Press; “We’ll Finish When We’re Done,” first published in AGNI.

REVIEWS

“David Ebenbach’s people present themselves with disarming humor, candor, and pathos through an easy, unquestionably authentic voice. To read Ebenbach is to inhabit the heart and the mind of those luckless, forlorn, lonesome, and hopeful souls with whom we share our park benches and office spaces, our cars and kitchens and beds and, in turn, to revisit some neglected segment of ourselves. The Guy We Didn’t Invite to The Orgy is a book you would do well to invite into your life.”
-Sam Michel

“David Ebenbach takes us on a tour of our own world, a place to which none of us have been invited, in which we fear and desire, enjoy our humble victories, and sometimes go secretly—or dramatically—insane. Every story is guided by wisdom and compassion; every sentence surprises us with truth. A brilliant, original, and illuminating book!”
-Stephen O’Connor

“In this striking collection, David Ebenbach inhabits a series of minds that most of us would classify as unknowable; he does so with empathy and wisdom, and often with humor as well. The ‘desperately wonderful’ experience of life in a cult, a soul teetering on the line between grief and insanity, the high-voltage ambivalence of teenage obsession: Ebenbach is more at home in the minefield of ambiguity than most of us are in our houses.”
-Roy Kesey

“Somewhere in the 813s, on library shelves all over America, appropriately placed between Lydia Davis and Jonathan Franzen, the stories of David Ebenbach wait to be read. Amen to that, for the library’s safe—even if we’re at risk. Because the stories of David Ebenbach are more than tricky; they’re perilous, they’re scary even when they’re sweet. These are daring, troubling stories that look like they’re about what they’re not. Amen to that.”
-Alan Michael Parker