"Brothers and sisters drawn by their father’s death back home to the family farm, a friend wrestling with the ghastly consequences of his own inattention, a very-ill man’s pilgrimage to the high mountains of California—these spare and deeply western stories crackle with hard-earned grief, love, and, when it matters most, humor."
Daniel Duane, author of Lighting Out: A Golden Year in Yosemite, and Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast
"This cleanly and powerfully written collection by Ben Schwartz puts one in mind of certain eminent writers of the West – Wallace Stegner, David Vann, and the Kerouac of Dharma Bums – forming, unlike many story collections, a unity of mood and theme, and putting on display some high-level literary chops. Mr. Schwartz feels strongly and the storms of emotion in his stories lead to deep skies."
Robert Roper, author of Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita, and Fatal Mountaineer: The High-Altitude Life and Death of Will Unsoeld
Everything There Was To Tell
By Ben Schwartz
Published: El León/Manoa Books