Saturday, March 24, 2007

Pg. 99: "The Pitcher Shower"

Donald Harington put his novel The Pitcher Shower to the Page 99 Test.

About the book, from the publisher:
Every time Hoppy enters a town in his truck, he is greeted with delight and anticipation, showered with warmth, offered meals, and more often than not, pretty girls trying to catch more than just his eye. It's not that Hoppy is so special; it's the pitcher shows that he brings with him, the shoot-'em-ups and giddyappers that all the Ozark folk adore that have them lining up to welcome him. Hoppy's predictable routine and his struggles with his own self-loathing are challenged when a teenager succeeds in stowing away in his truck and proves to be a lot more than he seems. Together they contend with a wily traveling preacher who dogs their heels, trying to steal away their audience with his message of salvation. This peddler of the Gospel is just as bent on making money as the peddler of the motion pitcher, and in his cunning he steals all of Hoppy's cowboy pitchers. The pitcher shower has no choice but to buy the only available pitcher he can find, a strange pitcher called A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and hope that it will prove popular with audiences who expect horses and Hopalong Cassidy.
Read an excerpt from The Pitcher Shower, and visit Harington's website.

The Page 99 Test: The Pitcher Shower.

--Marshal Zeringue