Welcome to the blogged version of my first novel, “Peace in Uncertainty!” Here you’ll find a few sample chapters from the beginning. As it says in the preface of the paperback version, you can give $10 to the Interfaith Alliance by leaving a comment. To do this, just leave a thought, suggestion, or question on the main post. For every comment left, I will donate the amount of the paperback book to the IA, whose mission is relevant to themes in the novel.


4 Responses to “About–How to Give to Charity Using this Blog”

  1. Ian RS said

    I work as a sound and stagehand for the Washington Square Music Festival in NYC, and last Tuesday, I found your book in a stack of programs for the concert. After reading the back cover, I had absolutely no idea of what to expect from the book. Your dropping off this book into our pile of programs gave me something quite interesting to read for a couple of days. It quickly became one of my favorites, and I thank you for leaving it there. I love the little nuances each character has, but your writing style is a little hard to read. Yet, I appreciated the run-on style; it was something new for me to experience.

    Thank you again Mr. Backer, for giving me such a great experience through your writing.

  2. Megan Laverty said

    I loved your first novel. So much so that I read it in one sitting on the morning of Saturday May 7 while eating my breakfast in bed.

    I think I have two copy edits for the third edition:
    Chapter 32, page 93, line 7 currently reads “all white an ready” (maybe should read “all white and ready”); Chapter 32, page 94, line 24 currently reads “I’m work here” (maybe should read “I work here”).

    Thanks for an intriguing and absolutely great read.

    • davidbacker said


      Thanks so much for reading! I’m glad you had such a positive experience with it and decided to post on the blog. As you can see this ‘blovel’ project never really got off the ground. Maybe someday it will.

      Did you have any favorite parts?


      • Megan Laverty said

        Hi David,

        I am still digesting the novel and so cannot really say for sure.

        I know that I was intrigued the moment it mentioned squirrel fishing.

        My current thinking is that my favorite parts of the novel are the colorful characters – some of which have mysterious powers (Dale and Jon) – and the intimate moments that they share.

        These moments include: Joulia with her father, Dale with his mother and Tommy’s father with his son Tommy; the description of Dale and Joulia sharing a quiet moment at the zoo observing the mantis shrimp; the description of Mauve and Jon at the bar and then having lunch with Joulia under the rubber band ball machine; and the description of the visit by Dolly, Mauve, Joulia and Vicki to Dale’s church.

        I like the image of Dolly being surrounded by his friends, dying from cancer and going on a hunger strike to protect the rights of teachers who invite their students to contemplate revolutionary and scarey ideas; I like the way that Nathan treats Dale and the way that Dale treats Muriel and the way that Muriel treats her son, Father Bask. The lists of acts that Father Bask contemplates performing are perversely enthralling, making Dale’s decision to become camp counsellor even more unsettling.

        And, of course, there is Nietzsche’s presence throughout the entire novel, its title and the helpful quotations.

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