A favorite Southen storyteller tickles the funnybone: "How good it feels," says David Sedaris, "to throw back one's head and howl with a great comic novel."
Preston Clearwater has been a criminal since stealing 1,600 pairs of aviator sunglasses from the army during the Second World War. Now on the road in North Carolina as a member of a car-theft ring, he picks up hitchhiking Henry Dampier, an innocent 20 year old Bible salesman. Clearwater immediately recognizes Henry as the smart but gullible associate he needs - one who will believe they are working undercover for the FBI; one who will drive the stolen cars while Clearwater himself follows at a safe distance.
During the hilarious and scary adventures that ensue, Henry grapples with doubts about the Bible's accuracy, falls in love with the captivating Marleen Green, and discovers that his fundamentalist upbringing hasn't at all prepared him for his new life. Henry begins to see he's being used - that the fun and games are over, that he is on his own in a way he never imagined.
"Clyde Edgerton's storytelling is sublime....The Bible Salesman is a deeply satisfying novel, and great fun
- The hardcover edition of THE BIBLE SALESMAN spent six weeks on the SIBA bestseller list.
- Through nine highly praised novels - including Walking Across Egypt, (Ballantine, 1988), and Lunch at the Picadilly, (Ballantine,2004), Clyde Edgerton has established a large and loyal readership.
- Five of Edgerton's novels have been selected as Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times.
- Charleston Post and Courier
"One great joy ride....Edgerton has great affection for his characters, and while he makes us laugh at their eccentricities, he also provides his readers with enough substance and vulnerability to fall in love with them."
- Raleigh News & Observer
"Reminiscent not so much of Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor as of Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers....There are immense pleasures in the tales patched together in THE BIBLE SALESMAN."
- Washington Post
"Irresistible....Edgerton is a master of comic timing."
- Richmond Times Dispatch