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The Spark and the Drive

(2014)
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Justin Bailey is 17 when he arrives at the shop of legendary muscle-car mechanic Nick Campbell. Anguished and out of place among the students at his rural Connecticut high school, Justin finds in Nick, his captivating wife Mary Ann, and their world of miraculous machines the sense of family he has struggled to find at home. But when Nick and Mary Ann lose their infant son, Justin' s world is upended. Nick, once celebrated for his genius, has lost his touch; his ability to intuit and diagnose a faltering engine has begun to fade. Mary Ann, once tender toward her husband, now turns distant and cold. And just as Justin draws closer to his wavering mentor, he finds himself falling into the arms of his wife.

Now, torn apart by feelings of betrayal, Justin must choose between the man he admires more than his own father and the woman he loves.

A poignant and fiercely original debut, with moments of fast-paced suspense, The Spark and the Drive is the unforgettable story of a young man forced to make an impossible decision - no matter the consequences.

Wayne Harrison's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, McSweeney's, and Ploughshares, and one of his stories was selected for Best American Short Stories 2010. He earned a Michener/Copernicus fellowship and his short story collection Wrench was a finalist for the Iowa Book Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he teaches writing at Oregon State University. The Spark and the Drive is his first novel.


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"There's nothing I enjoy more than entering a fictional world over which an author demonstrates complete mastery. That's exactly what Wayne Harrison offers his lucky readers in The Spark and the Drive." - Richard Paul Russo


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Hardback Editions

July 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Spark and the Drive: A Novel
Author(s): Wayne Harrison
ISBN: 1-250-04124-4 / 978-1-250-04124-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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December 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Spark and the Drive: A Novel
Author(s): Wayne Harrison
ISBN: 1-250-07694-3 / 978-1-250-07694-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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July 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Spark and the Drive
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July 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Spark and the Drive
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2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Spark and the Drive
Author(s): Wayne Harrison
ISBN: 1-4906-1256-4 / 978-1-4906-1256-0 (USA edition)
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July 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Spark and the Drive: A Novel
Author(s): Wayne Harrison
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