Camber Berkley wrecks his car on a winding mountain road, landing in the midst of the funeral of an elderly NASCAR fan. As punishment for his spectacular car wreck, the local authorities of the small town of Judas Grove give him a choice: serve months in jail for reckless driving, or spend two weeks teaching the local ministers to drive stock cars, so that they can compete in a race whose prize is a $2 million legacy. "Faster Pastor is a warm and witty collision etween an also-ran NASCAR driver and the clergy of Judas Grove, TN, who need to learn the catechism of stock car racing. Blessed are those who teach, for they shall learn the most." —Jane Hicks, Award-winning poet, author of Blood and Bone Remember Praise for Sharyn McCrumb’s NASCAR books: "A wild ride! Sharyn McCrumb has done it again."—Ward Burton "Filled with cultural insights and memorable characters, ... a must read... loved it!" —Lee Smith "Sharyn McCrumb is not only the first legitimate author to try a novel around the NASCAR lifestyle, she will always be remembered as the first to do it creditably. ...and translate it into an incredibly enjoyable read." —Kyle Petty
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Sharyn McCrumb is best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels, including the New-York Times best-sellers She Walks These Hills and The Ballad of Frankie Silver and the most recent, Devil Amongst the Lawyers. The first of her racing novels, St Dale, won a Library of Virginia Award and AWA Book of the Year and was featured at the National Festival of the Book. Her most recent Faster Pastor was her first co-authored novel with NASCAR/ARCA driver Adam Edwards. Race car driver Adam Edwards has driven in the ARCA/REMAX national racing series, managed and spotted for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race team, and worked as a race car driving instructor. A native of Falls Church City, VA, Adam was always interested in racing and auto mechanics. As a Virginia Tech student, he founded E Squared Racing, assembling a crew of college friends to form a team in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Pure Stock Division. After graduation, Adam continued racing, winning Rookie of the Year, and finishing second in championship points at a local speedway. In the spring of 2006 Adam advised New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb on her NASCAR novel Once Around the Track. The author and the aspiring race car driver presented programs at area events, combining their expertise on writing and racing. The partnership worked so well that they collaborated on the novel, Faster Pastor.Review:
Collaborating with racing expert, Adam Edwards, she composes the skilled but hapless hero, Camber Barker, a Cary Grant of speedways classic Southern humor with stock car smarts. --Rob Neufeld, Asheville Citizen Times
Along the twists and turns of the plot, the authors offer lots of fascinating details about stock car racing, making this book a perfect gift for beginning racing fans. The only thing more rare than a good novel is a good novel that can make me laugh out loud. I actually slapped my knee a few times, thats how hilarious Faster Pastor is. Any Hollywood producer worth her stripes should immediately option this heartfelt, action-packed, goofy novel and put it on the big screen ---- Cauley Bennett, Rapid River Monthly
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