Racing the Rain

Racing the Rain

John L. Parker Jr. / Sep 19, 2019

Racing the Rain From the author of the New York Times bestselling Once a Runner The best novel ever written about running Runner s World comes that novel s prequel the story of a world class athlete coming of age in

  • Title: Racing the Rain
  • Author: John L. Parker Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781476769868
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of the New York Times bestselling Once a Runner The best novel ever written about running Runner s World comes that novel s prequel, the story of a world class athlete coming of age in the 1950s and 60s on Florida s Gold Coast.Quenton Cassidy s first foot races are with nature itself the summer storms that sweep through his subtropical neighborhood ShFrom the author of the New York Times bestselling Once a Runner The best novel ever written about running Runner s World comes that novel s prequel, the story of a world class athlete coming of age in the 1950s and 60s on Florida s Gold Coast.Quenton Cassidy s first foot races are with nature itself the summer storms that sweep through his subtropical neighborhood Shirtless, barefoot, and brown as a berry, Cassidy is a skinny, mouthy kid with aspirations to be a great athlete As he explores his primal surroundings, along the Loxahatchee River and the nearby Atlantic Ocean, he is befriended by Trapper Nelson, the Tarzan of the Loxahatchee, a well known eccentric who lives off the land.In junior high school, quite by chance, Cassidy discovers an ability to run long distances, but his real dream is to be a basketball star Still, Cassidy absorbs Nelson s view of running as a way of relating to and interacting with the natural world Though he is warned of Nelson s checkered past, Cassidy dismisses the stories as superstitious gossip, until his small town is stunned by the disappearance of a prominent judge and his wife Cassidy s loyalty to his friend is severely tested just as his opportunity to make his mark as a gifted runner comes to fruition.John Parker s prequel to the New York Times bestseller Once a Runner vividly captures how a runner is formed and the physical endurance, determination, and mindset he develops on the way to becoming a champion Racing the Rain is an epic coming of age classic about the environments and friendships that shape us all.

    Racing the Rain A Novel John L Parker Jr Racing the Rain is a clear explanation of the beauty of our simple sport, and why that beauty is so priceless, and why becoming an athlete, and in particular a runner, and in particular a racer is so special. Racing the Rain by John L Parker Jr Racing the Rain is a novel that took me to the extremes, and not in a good way I was drawn in by the lovely page opening chapter It is entrancing The text moves right along, tightly paced with short chapters By page , you are in the middle of the novel s Racing the Rain Racing the Rain Racing the Rain is a coming of age story that tells of how Quenton Cassidy, a legit savage who just so happens to be the main character of Once a Runner, discovers his exceptional running ability and develops the work ethic to become a great athlete Quenton is a teenager in southeast Florida during the s, The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein The Art of Racing in the Rain The dog s master whispers into the dog s ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey before he is reincarnated, the dog s soul is freed to travel the land, The Art of Racing in the Rain Directed by Simon Curtis With Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin Costner, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Cole A dog named Enzo recalls the life lessons he has learned from his race car driving owner, Denny. Racing the Rain A Novel by John L Parker Jr Paperback The author of Once a Runner, Again to Carthage, and Racing the Rain, he lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Bar Harbor, Maine. Racing in the Rain My Life as a Dog Garth Stein Garth Stein is the author of Enzo Races in the Rain , based on the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain His other works include A Sudden Light, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones He is the cofounder of SeattleWriters, a nonprofit collective of sixty two Northwest authors Racing in the Rain My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein Racing in the Rain, My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein This is a painfully poignant story narrated by a dog If you like soupy books and love dogs, prepare your reading time with a full box of tissues This is the story of a family and their dog. Racing in the Rain My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein Gr An adaptation of Stein s adult novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain HarperCollins, Enzo, an elderly dog who is preparing to die, reminisces about his life with a race car driver. The Art of Racing in the Rain The Art of Racing in the Rain is a novel by American author and film producer Garth Stein told from a dog s point of view The novel was a New York Times best seller for weeks.

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        John L Parker Jr has written for Outside, Runner s World, and numerous other publications He was the Southeastern Conference mile champion three times, and the United States Track and Field Federation national champion in the steeplechase, and was the teammate of Olympians Frank Shorter, Jack Bacheler, and Jeff Galloway on several championship cross country teams A graduate of the University of Florida s College of Journalism as well as its College of Law, Parker has been a practicing attorney, a newspaper reporter and columnist, a speechwriter for then Governor Bob Graham, and editorial director of Running Times magazine He lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Bar Harbor, Maine From authorsmonandschuster J


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    1. First I want to thank the author and publisher for providing this novel for review.It has been 8 years since John Parker published the last book in the series, Again To Carthage. The first book, Once A Runner, came out in 1978. Racing the Rain is a prequel. This is the story of young Quenton Cassidy's life before college. I will not provide any spoilers or quote from the book. If you have read the other two novels, you will not want to miss this one. If you are a runner, ever been a runner, or p [...]


    2. Good book. I enjoyed it almost as much as the other two Cassidy books, but I wish he would once make a mistake or do something that doesn't make him more of a heroic figure. I guess that's not the type of book this is. Anyway, it's time for a run!


    3. More than a book about running it's a great coming of age tale. We follow young Quentin Cassidy from first grade when he tries to outrun a squall line to freshman year of college. It reminded me of Tom Sawyer tales and the movie "Stand By Me" with an idyllic childhood in the South. Boys being boys and wandering all over creation during the 50's and 60's. It's about sports and learning how to thread your way in an adult world and knowing which battles to fight. A beautiful book that should be mad [...]


    4. Racing the Rain: A Review of John L. Parker’s newest novel Racing the Rain delivers the goods on young Quenton Cassidy with Parker’s flair for inspirational running scenes, an intriguing cast of characters, and a verdant setting above and below the surface of the Florida Gold Coast.John L. Parker returns in Racing the Rain to flesh out the character of Cassidy, beginning with the young boy that would toe the line barefoot to run his first race, not against people, or even himself, but just t [...]


    5. What does it mean to be an athlete? All the civilians see is the triumphant moment, the victory lap, the fulfillment of the dream. they don't pay much attention to the also-rans and the missed by inches, the great majority of us who go on with the rest of our lives driving whatever comfort we can from the fact that we were close. That we were mango those who at least died, were willing to put ourselves at risk. That we would live with the results, whoever they were. Bot always to try. That is wh [...]


    6. Good prequel to "Once a Runner." A lot more of this book is about basketball than I expected (and I am far more into running than basketball) but Parker is good at describing any kind of athletic endeavor, and the running scenes once again are terrific. There's a slightly weak-ish plot point thrown in there, but it doesn't detract much. The characters and setting are sharp and well-drawn, and this is a fine third book in the series.



    7. A thoroughly enjoyable coming of age story with a strong sports theme running through it. A combination of real and fictional characters run through the book, which is a prequel to two earlier novels featuring Quenton Cassidy. I was engaged with the journey young Quenton was on to achieve his goals, but a little distracted by mystery surrounding one of his friends (which was highlighted on the book jacket as one of the keys to the story but occurred late and had only a minimal impact. On the wei [...]


    8. I'll give this 4 stars, not on an absolute scale but on the scale of John L. Parker Jr. novels. I checked out this and "Return to Carthage" from the library at the same time. Didn't much care for "R t C", so didn't expect much of this one, but I rather liked it. Recommended to those who enjoyed "Once a Runner", but the general public, especially those who never read "O a R", won't find much of interest here.


    9. Great insight into running!This is a great prequel to the previous Parker books featuring Q. Cassidy. It is the best book about running since Born to Run. If you just like to run or know someone who does, you will want to read this book. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy it. It is a great story of growing up in. Time without the dangers the world today holds.


    10. Once a Runner is one of my favorite books, so I jumped on this as soon as I heard about it, but I was a little disappointed that it's really 2/3's basketball novel and 1/3 a runner novel. And the crime subplot was entirely unnecessary and detracted from Quenton's story. I understand why the basketball storyline was included, I just wish the emphasis was reversed. Spend 1/3 on basketball building up to the running story and then tell that in more detail.


    11. There was much to which I could relate in this coming of age story set in the 50's and 60's. The story bogs down in all of the descriptions about basketball games, and leaves a lot unsaid, particularly about his relationship with his parents. Glad I read it but sad it wasn't a better book.


    12. Racing the Rain was a phenomenal book . . . if you ran track or was swept up in the 'glory' of high school sports at some point in your life. If you never ran, it might be a little tough to relate to. Runners: read this book.


    13. Nothing like a prequelI read Once A Runner and Again to Carthage before this. It was a satisfying look into the origins of a runner and how he got to the first page of Once. Definitely worth a long afternoon of reading.


    14. ASs a runner, I loved this book and did not want it to end. Runners there is quite a few chapters on basketball and Non-runners may want to pass.




    15. A great book about the hopes, dreams, and adventures of one young man growing up in Florida in the 1950s and 60s. It shows what commitment and hard work can do.


    16. This is the third book I have read by this author, all of which are about a distance runner named Quentin Cassidy. The first book, Once a Runner, got off to a slow start, but I ultimately enjoyed it very much because Parker writes very powerfully, and with a lot of insight, about running and the physical and mental challenges that go with it. He was a star runner himself, so he speaks with authority on the subject. The second book, Again to Carthage, wasn't nearly as good, but was redeemed, once [...]


    17. I had a little trouble getting all the way through this one, but since I had already come this far, I wanted to finish out the trilogy. I actually read the second book, Again to Carthage, in order to get to this one, because I heard this one has some basketball in it. It does, and I enjoyed it, but ultimately it just sort of bummed me out. Basketball is treated as a misstep; something that is seemingly pursued only for glory and popularity and little else. Whereas running is portrayed as this pu [...]


    18. This book is about a boy named Quenton Cassidy. Quenton always wanted to play basketball when he was a little kid as all his friends were playing basketball. But the thing was that Quentin lacked the strength and the height to play. So in middle school he decided to run for the track team, setting the middle school county record. Even though he showed promise in running he still loved basketball. So he trained hard every day, going to the army base gym to play against the enlisted men. As his se [...]


    19. Good job, Mr. Parker! This is the first novel of his that I've read but I would definitely be reading more in the future. Things that I love.g of age books, Florida based novels, books that can be enjoyed by adult or the young adult reader, and books that I can recommend to other readers. This one? Check, check, check, check! In fact, I plan to donate my copy to a local high school library (as soon as my 13 year old basketball playing, cross country running grandson is finished with it). For tho [...]


    20. Thank you John L. Parker, Jr. For writing this book. I liked the other two books better, but this one is worthy enough to be a prequel to Once A Runner. I can see the development as Cassidy grows up to be the runner, and the person he portrays in the next two novels. It was also cool to see former characters from the series: Minzer, Nubbins, Hosford, Lawyer Joe Kern, and coach Cornwall from Southeastern University at Kernsville along with Cassidy's family members. Seeing these characters brings [...]


    21. This book is amazing! John Parker Jr. strikes again. Though in the early stages it is more about basketball than running, it tells of the same dedication that he applied to both sports to become a champion. And the ending has that same old heart beating out of your chest feeling. It was also interesting as someone who read the books in the order they were written to see references to what would happen in the future. Must read for any runner or serious athlete.Series OrderRacing the RainOnce a Ru [...]


    22. As a feel good work of fiction about running it's pretty good. A good read. As other reviews I've read said John L. Parker is a little too long winded in some of his stories, they seeming are somewhat irrelevant to the plot. Though I feel they do show a relationship between life and running.The main reason I wanted to write a review is there are several errors that don't match about with Once A Runner (which is perfect in every way) and Again to Carthage. I'll list them individually.At the end o [...]


    23. I would have liked to read more about running and less about basket ball But it's a great book if you love basket ball.


    24. This was the first sports book that I have read. I'm generally not interested in sports at all but thought I would give this one a go. I did find myself grazing over paragraphs at times, but then at other I was hanging on every word. To me, I felt that there may have been a little too much detail in areas that detail was not necessary or extra background stories that gave no added value. The book did however make me feel like I might want to try running (if only for a second) as fast as my legs [...]


    25. This is a prequel to John L. Parker's classic: "Once A Runner". So, if you haven't read the series, you might begin with this one. The book begins with our hero, Quenton Cassidy, as a child and follows him through his high school years. Throughout Junior high Quenton dreams of being a basketball player. With the help of a colorful cast of South Florida friends, Quenton realizes his dream only to find his true calling is in distance running.Throughout the book, it is clear that Parker has done hi [...]


    26. So relieved and gratified to find this book to be a worthy companion to the original cult classic about running, "Once A Runner," and its sequel, "Again to Carthage." Quenton Cassidy is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. "Racing the Rain" is a prequel, describing Quenton's childhood and adolescence as he evolves from a kid obsessed with basketball to the competitive miler we know from "Once A Runner." This is also a classic coming-of-age story, especially for the times, as we se [...]


    27. As someone who's read the other Quenton Cassidy books, I was surprised that the book was more about basketball than distance running; still, Parker's description of sports in action is what gives his writing energy and life, and this is no exception. Many plot threads are totally abandoned, though. It's mentioned that Quenton and his friend Maria are now dating, but that goes nowhere and is never mentioned again; the Cuban missile crisis plays a big part for about 2 chapters and then is dropped, [...]


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