The Dark Path


Since childhood, David Schickler has been torn between his intense desire to become a priest and his equally fervent desire for women. Growing up in a family of staunch Catholics, Schickler senses God with him. But as he tries to reconcile his calling, faith and sex, he begins to have frustratingly one-sided talks with God, and starts to wonder if He is really there at all.
Schickler’s pursuit of these passions takes him across the world as he tries to decide whether he will end up wearing the clerical collar or getting the girl. Candid and funny, lyrical and blunt, The Dark Path is an evocative portrayal of one man’s struggle with faith and women, both of which he tries to love with bold, bracing honesty.
Silvertail will publish The Dark Path in August 2015.

‘This is that rarest of memoirs: a smart, funny and searingly honest journey that rings true on every page. Whether he’s describing his devout Catholic upbringing or his misadventures with a nymphomaniac hotel concierge, Schickler chronicles every step of his epic quest to reconcile God, religion, sex, love, and family and does so with wit, grace, and a profound empathy for everyone he’s met along the way.’ Jonathan Tropper

‘A funny and uncomfortably honest memoir by a deeply talented writer.’ Tom Perrota

‘Schickler is funny in a way that causes real, rare laughs.’ Los Angeles Review of Books

‘[Schickler’s] struggle is at once universal and unique, gritty and holy…An engaging, relatable story that is a pleasure to read.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Full of pathos and humour. Schickler’s memoir explores just what it means to feel love and have faith.’ Booklist

‘Schickler’s “raw truth” narrative…never fails to keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat. His seamless weaving of storytelling, dialogue, and thoughts – funny one second and heart-wrenching the next – makes this journey of belief and non-belief unforgettable and enjoyable.’ Publishers Weekly (starred review)