At the Bottom of Everything A Novel Author:Ben Dolnick A stunning novel of friendship, guilt, and madness: two friends, torn apart by a terrible secret, and the dark adventure that neither of them ever meant to embark upon. — It's been ten years since the "incident," and Adam has long decided he's better off without his former best friend, Thomas. Adam is working as a tutor, sleeping with the mother ... more »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 to 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.« less
This is a trail of friendship. It chronicles what happens between Adam and Thomas building a friendship, what separates the two of them, and then a journey back together. It's written as a chain of emails that build character, spiritual development, and the journey of the plot.
Dolnick has a way with words. He is direct, but often poetic in his choices. While this is reminiscent of a "find yourself" type of novel, it doesn't read as cliche as those books tend to be. This is a deep character sketch of Adam as he reconnects with everything he went through as an adolescent with Thomas and learns that he needs to change his life and make-up/forgive things that happened in the past. I really enjoy the deep connection that I made with both characters. It's entertaining, but also one of those transforming of insight type novels that make you want to really think.