Ben Dolnick Tackles Friendship in ‘At the Bottom of Everything’

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is awkward for everyone, and can be more tumultous for some than others. That’s the subject matter of author, Ben Dolnick’s 2013 novel, “At the Bottom of Everything.”

Ben’s written two other novels, “Zoology” and “You Know Who You Are” and sat down with the Huffington Post to discuss the complications of adolescence, friendship, and loyalty in his most recent novel.

“The main thing is two friends, one of whom goes off the rails, goes crazy, disappears in India. And the sane, or ostensibly sane, friend is asked by the crazy one’s parents to please go try and bring him back home,” he said.

That mission is a tough one because of the pair’s complex history, which makes the “ostensibly sane” one dread contact with his old pal.

“For complicated past reasons, this is the last person in the world he wants to be hearing from or about, but he feels like he has to,” Dolnick said.

Check out more of Ben’s work here.

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