From a New York Times-bestselling author: Strangers come together on a tour of Southern stock car speedways-"This is a bus trip you don't want to miss" (Lee Smith). Two sisters-one reluctant, one enthusiastic-are about to take their annual vacation together, boarding a silver cruise bus for the Dale Earnhardt Memorial Pilgrimage. Among the others on the journey are Shane McKee, who wants to get married at the speedway with the legendary NASCAR racer, his personal hero, there in spirit; Terence Palmer, a New York stockbroker who has made the trip to honor his only link with the father he never knew; and the Rev. Bill Knight, whose hobby is medieval pilgrimages and who has agreed to chaperone a seriously ill child. As the bus rolls down an uncertain road, prayers will be answered, secrets will be revealed, bonds will be forged-and no one will leave this journey of self-discovery quite the same. Filled with "wonderful characters" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), this novel by the award-winning author of The Ballad of Tom Dooley and The Unquiet Grave is "a present-day, blue-collar comedy dealing with spirituality, stock cars, and shaky lives . . . one of McCrumb's finer achievements" (The Denver Post). "Though there is plenty of stock-car minutiae scattered throughout, this isn't a novel about Dale Earnhardt Sr.; rather, it's about the way that regular folks sometimes use sports heroes to sustain their faith in their own ability to achieve what they want in life. In her celebrated ballad series, McCrumb uses the folkways of Appalachia to express the resiliency of the human spirit. In a very different context, she accomplishes the same goal here." -Booklist "Chaucer meets NASCAR . . . St. Dale is just plain fun." -The Anniston Star (Alabama) "An incredibly enjoyable read." -Kyle Petty
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by Sharyn McCrumb
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