Sharyn McCrumb's first co-authored novel, Once Around the Track, was written with NASCAR driver Adam Edwards, and will be published in April 2010 by the Ingalls Publishing Group. Adam, who was the model for the character Tony Lafon in Once Around the Track, has driven in the ARCA/REMAX national racing series, managed and spotted for a NASCAR Nationwide racing team, and worked as a race car driving instructor at the Fast Track School of Racing. When he gave her technical advice during the writing of Once Around the Track, she suggested that they try to write a novel together, loosely based on Adam's experiences teaching race car driving. Faster Pastor is the result of that collaboration.
Faster Pastorby Sharyn McCrumb, Adam Edwards
When aspiring NASCAR driver Camber Berkley wrecks his car and --literally-- crashes a funeral in the small town
When a NY Times best-selling author and a NASCAR driver team up to write a Southern novel, the result is a literary match made in heaven. She has skills in description and characterization. He has life experience and the technical knowledge of racing.
When aspiring NASCAR driver Camber Berkley wrecks his car and --literally-- crashes a funeral in the small town of Judas Grove, the locals consider him an answer to prayer. The deceased was an elderly NASCAR fan with no living relatives, and his will stipulates that the money be given to one of the village churches--to the one with the faster pastor. The ministers are to borrow stock cars from regular drivers at the county speedway, and race for the $2 million legacy.
There's a problem. None of the ministers knows how to race. But when a real, live NASCAR driver turns up in the county jail, charged with reckless driving, their problem is solved. Camber is sentenced to community service, teaching ten middle-aged ministers how to race stock cars.
For Camber, the cynical sophisticate, this sojourn in a small town will repay his teaching with life lessons in faith, trust and friendship. The ministers find that racing is a test of skill as well as faith, and, when Camber's life is suddenly in jeopardy, they are required to produce a small miracle--with the help of another jail inmate, a mysterious Mexican named Jèsus.
Will the best man win? Only God knows.
Sharyn McCrumb and Adam Edwards have written a wise and wonderful novel about faith, small town values, and the miracle of friendship. Filled with humor, affectionate portraits of Southern characters, and the breakneck suspense of stock car racing, Faster Pastor is a blessing to readers of Southern literature.
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)
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Camber Berkley is a hopeful race car driver who spectacularly wrecks his car off a winding mountain road, literally crashing the funeral of a NASCAR fan. The fan's will had provided a legacy to fund a race at the local track among ministers from local churches for proceeds from his impressive collection of racing memorabilia. Instead of time in the local pokey, the judge sentences our Camber to teach the ministers to race without killing themselves or each other. OK. so the strength of this story is the wonderful characterizations. Camber, the Catholic priest (the size of a lawn jockey but with a huge heart), the Episcopal priest (who suggests name tags), the snake handler (signs-following), the "angel lady," and Jesus' (who isn't a preacher, but ends up being an answer to prayer), all take the reader along for the ride. Grab this one!