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Since childhood, David Schickler has been torn between his intense desire to become a Catholic priest and his equally fervent desire for the company of women. Growing up in a family of staunch Catholics in upstate New York, Schickler senses God along what he calls “the dark path,” a shadowy trail that winds through the woods behind his childhood home. On this path he begins his ongoing, frustratingly one-sided talks with God.

Things don’t get any clearer for Schickler at college, where he initiates serious conversations about becoming a Jesuit just as he enters a passionate relationship with a vivacious, agnostic young woman. He tries various obsessions—karate, beer, writing fiction—attempting to duck the mystical God he feels called to serve as a priest. His pursuits of these passions, and of the young woman, take him from Germany to New York City and eventually to New England, where he has a life-changing reckoning about 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Never fails to keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat…Unforgettable and enjoyable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Full of pathos and humor, Schickler’s memoir explores just what it means to feel love and have faith.”


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

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

David Schickler is the author of the bestselling story collection Kissing in Manhattan and the novel Sweet and Vicious. He has been published by Zoetrope, Tin House, and the New Yorker, among others. He is the co-creator and executive producer of the Cinemax action series Banshee. He lives in New York.