21 July 2017 | Los Angeles

McDowell’s unique literary work, To and Fro Upon the Earth: A Novel, is now available.

Markus McDowell. To and Fro Upon the Earth: A Novel. Riversong Books, 2017.
Pbk ISBN: 978-1-946849-01-4. eBook ISBN: 978-1-946849-10-6. 309pp.

This literary novel is a unique take on an old story of grief and the search for meaning in a world that seems not only uncaring, but vindictive. To and Fro Upon the Earth is a captivating (and disturbing) story about a man who rejects the common answers to life, suffering, and injustice. In his life, in his dreams, and in painful flashbacks, Jay Adam faces the agony of grave injustice, experiences the cold hand of fate, and reluctantly embarks upon a questionable search for meaning and hope.

In this novel, McDowell expertly drills deep into the core of humanity and exposes a raw nerve—a painful discovery, but not without purpose. He creatively challenges his protagonist, Jay (and the reader!), to keep moving forward and embracing his life amidst the chaos of “thick darkness.” Can Jay piece his life back together? This novel addresses a question we all face at some point in our life: is there any beauty to be found in a dark place?

On a personal note, I was impacted by Jay Adam’s journey, and relate to his “thick darkness,” having sustained a serious concussion that literally put me into a dark place. I, too, have struggled to make sense of suffering, which has now propelled me into a present journey of grieving the losses. To and Fro Upon the Earth could not have come at a better time in my life.

Linda Marie Zupancic

Writer & Editor, B.C., Canada

This novel shocked me. I believe I have a good sense for a book will contain, but nothing about this story was as it seemed or predictable. I had an ongoing theory throughout the entire book, that, at the end, Jay would wake up and realize everything that had happened to him had been a nightmare. When we look at ours lives, we don’t think about what could go wrong; we imagine the endless possibilities. McDowell takes those perceived notions and shatters them. I believe that this novel is a wake-up call to society’s view of order and stability. Courtney Hancock

Book Reviewer, Norman Park, Georgia

I love the use of flashbacks and dream sequences to explore Jay’s struggle and his issues of meaning and purpose. It was like an unfolding a mystery, with a revelatory ending! Hannah Parson

Book reviewer, Fremont, VA

To and Fro Upon the Earth: A Novel
is available for preorder now in paperback and eBook
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About the Author. Markus McDowell is a writer, editor, and researcher. He has been writing fiction since he was eight years old, though most of his published works are nonfiction. He has lectured at various universities in the US, Europe, and the UK. He has a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a law degree from the University of London, and is the author of Praying Through the Bible, Volume 1: Genesis–Joshua and Volume 2: Judges–Second Samuel, Prayers of Jewish Women: Studies of Patterns of Prayer in the Second Temple Period, and Jurisprudence & Legal Theory for Law Students. This is his first novel.

About Riversong Books. An imprint of Sulis International, Riversong publishes historical, literary, contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, and religious fiction that not only entertain, but allow readers to question, celebrate, and explore what it means to be human. Riversong also publishes reprints, both out-of-print novels or older works not readily available in print or eBook form.
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