It's 1936, and Tobias Henry is stuck in the frozen hinterlands of Michigan. Tobias is obsessed with two things: God and girls. Mostly girls, of course. But being a Baptist preacher's son, he can't escape God. When his father is blinded in a bizarre accident (involving hard cider and bird droppings), Tobias must ride the rails to Texas to recover a long-hidden stash of money. Along the way, he's initiated into the hobo brotherhood by Craw, a ribald vagabond-philosopher. Obstacles arise in the form of a saucy prostitute, a flaming boxcar, and a man-eating catfish.
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Verses sacred and profane (mostly profane), concerning wine, women, song, and Scripture. The Book of Craw - comprised of poems and proverbs from Craw's own notebook - is a companion volume to The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel. (Note for emphasis: This is a book of poetry, not a novel.)