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Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Student Authors First Novel

Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Student Authors First Novel

Harriot College teaching assistant professor of philosophy and English graduate student, Jim Metzger, recently published his first fiction novel titled “DIM.”

“DIM,” available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites, follows a young resident of Harmony, N.C., by the name of Tom Maloney, aka “Preacher.” Tom serves as the town’s Methodist minister and has only been in the position for two months when he begins to feel he is the “wrong man for the job.”

“It’s not that Tom is not a man of faith,” one reads in the book’s synopsis. “It’s that he has an inclusive outlook that is out of step with the Bible-belt community where he lives and works.”

The novel covers a litany of significant issues ranging from homophobia, racial bigotry, hypocrisy and spousal abuse, to suicide, patricide, secularism and biblical authority.

Throughout the book, Tom is confronted with a number of dangerous situations, including being thrown into shark-infested waters, food poisoning during an annual potluck, and hurricane-season weather, which builds towards the conclusion of the novel as an “act of God.”

“Tom eventually takes a hard second look at his adopted hometown, his chosen profession, and even his lifelong faith commitments. His ties severed, Tom’s future may be uncertain, but crisis has brought a choice and a change,” concludes the book’s synopsis.

Metzger is pursuing his Master of Arts degree in English at ECU. He will complete coursework in Spring 2012.

For additional information, contact Metzger at metzgerj@ecu.edu.