The Dark Path: A Memoir

The Dark Path: A Memoir

by David Schickler


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ISBN-13: 9781594632792
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Schickler is the author of the bestselling story collection Kissing in Manhattan and the novel Sweet and Vicious. He is the cocreator and executive producer of the Cinemax series Banshee. He lives in New York.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 30, 1969

Place of Birth:

Rochester, New York


B.S. in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1991; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Columbia University, 1995

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“A funny and uncomfortably honest memoir by a deeply talented writer. David Schickler writes about the mysteries of faith and sex with unblinking candor and an abiding sense of wonder.”
—Tom Perrotta

“That rarest of memoirs: a smart, funny, and searingly honest journey that rings true on every page.” 
—Jonathan Tropper

“A bracingly original and fantastically entertaining page-turner. David Schickler’s fiercely funny, wrenchingly dark, gorgeously written memoir of almost becoming a Catholic priest chronicles years of struggle and anguish, but it also illuminates what it means to stay true to yourself no matter what.” 
—Kate Christensen

“Lighthearted yet lyrical.”
The Wire

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The Dark Path 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
readsalways More than 1 year ago
The Dark Path opens the readers eyes to how a conflict that percolates through adolescence and early adulthood can have devastating consequences for the individual. The author came from a stable loving family that would seem to have given him the ingredients for a successful transition from child to adult. Yet, the dichotomy between his desire to be a priest and his desire to have a loving relationship with a with a wife and children strained his ability to maintain his mental stability. The intensity and honesty of the writing makes this a true page turner and you find yourself praying that he will find his way and work through this conflict. The fact that as readers we know the outcome from the beginning in no way diminishes the emotional pull of this book. Bravo to David Schickler for opening our eyes to how difficult "coming of age" can really be!
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