About 11 years ago, appellate lawyer David Weiner of the Weiner Law Firm in Dallas, gave himself a six-month sabbatical from his practice and wrote a novel. He “came close” to getting it published but returned to his practice. Fast forward to Nov. 24 when, Weiner’s now self-published novel, “The Name of His Fathers,” appeared for sale as a digital offering on Amazon.com.
Weiner says the book is “the story of a young man returning to his faith,” Orthodox Judaism. The main character’s father, he says, is a lawyer unhappy with the direction his son is going.
Weiner says he began to consider self-publishing after learning from friends and acquaintances about its ease. About the book’s likely sales, he says, “I’m keeping my expectations about it pretty modest.”
But he’s been encouraged by reader responses on his book’s Facebook page; they’ve commented about how much they have learned about Judaism from the book, he says. Elements of the book are autobiographical, he notes, and he gave some of his own character traits to several of his fictional characters.
The book is not about lawyering; Weiner says its only connection to the law is the career of the protagonist’s father. But he Weiner welcomes readers who are lawyers as well as those who aren’t.
“I believe that the book is well written, interesting — whether it’s good or not is for readers to decide,” he says.
-- Miriam Rozen