Grisham demonstrated he could produce bestsellers without legal aid with The Painted House and Skipping Christmas, and he’. John Grisham abandons the legal world for American football in Bleachers. What a shame, says Harry Ritchie. Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the.

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Knew them in our sleep. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. You play your last game and everybody cries. His career was cut short due to a knee injury in college.

It proves that he can write outside his usual genre and just about get away with it. It makes her cry but I can’t help it.

There are no barefoot hillbillies here. From untilNeely’s senior year, Messina went undefeated each season, easily won its conference and playoffs, only to lose in the state finals. A weakness in this book is that there isn’t really a situation in where something really exciting happens, most of it is sad.

mohn View all 6 comments. This was a good book I enjoyed the theme of sports and commodore throughout the town. Opposing fans had a rough time in Messina, but not nearly as rough as the opposing teams.

It was incomprehensible that he was now a shriveled old man gasping for his last breath. I expect the FBI to walk in any day with a subpoena, so I’m ready.


There was something different now, something Neely had not seen before. Neely knows the score: Eddie Rake was the meanest and hardest coach throughout Spartan history but is the man who caused the Messina Spartans to be the best football team in history.

I actually was a massive football supporter in my teens and obsessive about every game. Somewhere out there is someone who heard that John Grisham was grisha, great author, chose this as their first book of Grisham’s to read, and remains confused about the hype. I felt the author may have been experimenting – trying a different style of writing. Nobody loves him like Boeachers.

A whole new ball game

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. What a let-down when a crime novelist who once ruled a genre turns his hand to something more literary.

Takes about ten years”. And is it truly possible to forgive? But Crenshaw played against black kids and the game was faster and tougher. He gazed at the field, and was soon lost in his own memories. A nice, quick-reading story of a star quarterback and some of his teammates who return home, after several years, to honor the death of their legendary coach. In those days, Eddie Rake had more political clout in Messina than all the politicians combined, and he thought nothing of it.

In a letter revealed at Rake’s funeral, the coach states the two regrets of his life were losing Scotty Reardon and for striking All-American quarterback Neely Crenshaw at halftime of the championship game against East Pike.


Bleachers (novel) – Wikipedia

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. Neely Crenshaw comes home for the burial of his school football coach, Eddie Rake. They got their paychecks and bought their beer, and they came to town, to The Field where they clustered in one raucous pack at the north end of the stands and made more noise than the students, the band, and the townsfolk combined. No one had deserved it as much.

You’re still living back then, still dreaming, still the all-American quarterback. Nov 16, Amanda Patterson rated it did not like it.

Greetings were exchanged, insults swapped. Jun 29, Dele Haynes rated it really liked grisjam. The book turns into an emotional novel about a legendary coach in the town who brought them to many championships.

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Their lives revolve around the team. How many times had he sworn he would never come back? Books Buy the Book.

But just when there’s the threat of inventive success, Grisham blows it, bleacehrs the players switch off the tape and turn to each other’s versions of the match in dull dialogue.