A bearded man in a badly soiled suit kwn only as The Stranger wanders an apocalyptic landscape on the fringes of a dying metropolis, looking for a way to 'get back on top.' Thwarted and rejected at every turn by old friends and strangers alike - even by the author of this vel, whom he visits repeatedly in unsuccessful attempts to determine his own narrative - his impotence and rage are expressed in acts of seemingly senseless violence. Entertaining, disturbing and wildly intelligent, written with sinister humor and great compassion, Ether reflects on the possibilities and consequences of forgiveness, the problems of faith and the trials of creation.
Ben Ehrenreich: Ben Ehrenreich lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a novelist and journalist. His first novel, The Suitors, was published by Counterpoint in 2006. His short fiction has been widely published and anthologized. Ehrenreich's articles and essays have been published in Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books,The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.