Bleachers by John Grisham

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High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

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 old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake – or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach – and himself – before he can get on with his life, the stakes are especially high.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.
 

About John Grisham

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
 
Published March 9, 2010 by Dell. 242 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Bleachers by John Grisham 180pp, Century , £12.99 John Grisham's 16th novel is not quite what you might expect: Bleachers is no clunking legal thriller but a slim, plotless little number about football.

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Publishers Weekly

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Grisham demonstrated he could produce bestsellers without legal aid with The Painted House and Skipping Christmas, and he'll undoubtedly do so again with this slight but likable novel of high school football, a legendary coach and the perils of too early fame.

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Book Reporter

BLEACHERS takes us to the community of Messina, Mississippi during four days in October as the town anticipates the death of Eddie Rake, the legendary high school football coach who molded the Messina Spartans into a state high school football dynasty.

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Entertainment Weekly

Screamer), the tramp who seduced Crenshaw away from wholesome Cameron, has been spotted in a Las Vegas casino, where she's a cocktail waitress punished with ''bleached hair, thick makeup, twenty or so extra pounds.'' It's a pity we never meet fat, louche Screamer;

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I would not normally tackle a book written in a foreign language without benefit of translation into English -- however John Grisham usually writes in American, a language with which I am reasonably familiar.

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Nights and Weekends

Mainly because it’s a good book that was written by John Grisham.

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Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

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