An Ambulance Is on the Way

Stories of Men in Trouble

Publisher: Anchor
National Jewish Book Award finalist Jonathan Wilson’s uproariously funny stories showcase the neuroses of suburban men as they ruminate, self-medicate, and acclimate to the rhythms of middle age.

From the slacker husband who spends his day running household errands, chatting up the local soccer moms, and drinking most of the wine he was instructed to buy for his wife’s women’s-group meeting, to the man who calls an old girlfriend while waiting for the verdict from his cardiologist, to the good Jewish son who is torn between the caustic wit of his very Jewish mother and the fertility urges of his very not-Jewish girlfriend, each of these stories is touched by Wilson’s affection for male foibles. Taken together, they give us a nuanced picture of men in hot water–with women, their teenage kids, and their own consciences.


"All this," said Wayne the plumber, "was written down in the Bible five thousand years ago." He was out on the deck, taking a break from doing angioplasty on the pipes beneath my kitchen sink. Meanwhile, he was giving his assistant, John Pickles, a lesson.

"Hey, Wayne," I yelled from...
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“Entertaining. . . . Taut and funny.” –The Boston Globe

“How does Jonathan Wilson do it? . . . The way Denis Johnson did it, the way Jayne Anne Phillips did it (but funnier), the way David Foster Wallace did it (but deeper).” –Los Angeles Times

“Tantalizing . . . his writing engages on every page with disarming intelligence and imagination.” –Elle

“Sublime. . . . It might be considered a companion volume to the movie Sideways.” –Seattle Weekly