To and Fro Upon the Earth: A Novel

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The debut novel from author Markus McDowell, this literary work is a re-imagining of an old-fashioned 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.


“…well written…not for the faint of heart…McDowell takes perceived notions and completely shatters them…I believe that this novel is his wake up call to society.”

—Courtney Hancock

“McDowell has expertly drilled deep into the core of humanity, exposing a raw nerve, a painful discovery but not without purpose…I too have struggled to make sense of the suffering, which has now propelled me into the present journey of grieving the losses. To and Fro Upon the Earth could not have come at a better time in my life.

—Linda Zupancic
Writer WIP, editor
British Columbia

“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 mystery, with a revelatory ending!”

—Hannah Parson
Fremont, VA

“A great read! From the first page, I found myself fascinated with Jay’s journey in both the past and present, and what he would find. His dreams (nightmares!) are enthralling.”

— Laura Yarbo
New York

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.

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Press Release 21 July 2017

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Weight .5 oz
Dimensions 9 x 5 x 1 in

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