EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE OKAY
I'm going to write one of those novels you can't
put down. The kind where you don't know what's
going to happen, and you want to know what's
going to happen, so you sneak the book into the
bathroom to get a few pages in while your wife
thinks you're brushing your teeth or showering,
or you take it to work and hope your workstation
walls are high enough to keep the book secret.
It's going to be a threat to your marriage and your
livelihood, this book, though it'll probably also
cut down on overeating and any drinking problems,
because who has time for any of that when you're
racing to find out whether the main character gets
away, or love, or the bad guy? You'll want to rip
and chew your way to the end of the book, just to
find out. Though, seriously, we both know what's
going to happen: the main character is going to get
away, and love, and the bad guy. That's why you
bought the book, why you let your life fall apart to
read it: Because you know that somewhere in the
universe things are in good order, that somewhere
justice moves forward and doesn't flip back.
David Ebenbach is the author of Autogeography, a chapbook of poetry (forthcoming, Finishing Line Press), two collections of short stories--Between Camelots (University of Pittsburgh Press), which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the GLCA New Writer's Award, and Into the Wilderness (Washington Writers' Publishing House), which won the WWPH Fiction Prize--as well as The Artist's Torah (Cascade Books), a guide to the creative process. Ebenbach has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He teaches creative writing at Georgetown University.