Bleachers [John Grisham] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback. 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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Totally up my alley since it is about an iconic high school football coach and the impact he had on multiple generations of players. Somewhere out there is someone who heard that John Grisham was a great author, chose this as their first book of Grisham’s to read, and remains confused about the hype. Bleachers By John Grisham Fiction – Novella Former high school football players return to their home town to wait for the death of their former football coach, Eddie Rake.

Murder and Injustice in a Small Town Neely Crenshaw comes home for the burial of his school football coach, Eddie Rake. Overall I liked the book, but wish there was some more interesting story lines and some better characters to latch on to.

My only complaint was that this book was far too short. Jun 18, Kevin rated it really liked it. The book is about group of friends reminiscing the glory days of playing together and their relationship with their coach.

The book is divided into long chapters which represent the days leading up to the death of the coach. I often look at the things people obsess about, especially sport, and wonder why. When you’re a best selling novelist you can get anything published. I Kept wondering and confusing at the book store board, how this guy got on best author rank.

Feb 03, Sumit RK rated it it was ok. He is a legend in Messina, having coached the high school football team for 34 years and piling up tremendous statistics. He is able to get his guilt off his chest, but he leaves with her coldness following him. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Getting up at 5 a. Guys who played high school football 15 yrs ago reminisce about the past. I have read lots of other books from A lot of those guys were like that and it is sad to know that they lived in the past that much. After ojhn from law school at Ole Miss inhe went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation.

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This is my first John Grisham book and it was a wrong choice. He led them to many victories and state Championships and got them prepared for their future life. The characters are more flat than usual for a Grisham novel and lack the detailed developent I associate within author.

LOL I should try his latest work instead I guessed. Physically a narrow book, Bleachers is a gisham fiction in many respects.

The Gingerbread Man Mickey To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is a very serious football town and throughout the book many past histories of this town’s football the field, the coaches and the players. He is in the process of dying of cancer, and his former players begin to return to Messina to reminisce about their coach and the glory days of Messina football. The emotional scope is akin to that of a short story, with a single-minded focus on explorations of nostalgia and regret.

Those who are less than enthralled with football or who are aware of its limits will find “Bleachers” effective propaganda grsham inadequate literature. Why did the coaches not return to the field for the second half.

It’s an easy read as Grisha I read this on the flight to Austin two hleachers ago. A High school football star comes back to his hometown to bid farewell to his dying coach. This is worth reading, if I was a current football fan I would rate it higher Bleachers is a nostalgic tale of dreams lost and memories swirling.


Mike Hilliard and Collis Suggs Two of the three players chosen by Coach Rake to give eulogies at his funeral, they speak highly of him and ask the town to bury the hatchet over his mistakes. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The entire mood of our household was determined by whether my team won or lost. Share your thoughts with other customers. He has not returned to his hometown in 15 years bleachrs of his hatred for Coach Rake.

Nice page read. Neely hates his coach but still wants to be in This is my first John Grisham book and it was a wrong choice.

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Grisham demonstrated he could produce bestsellers without legal aid with The Painted House and Skipping Christmasand 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. Then I remember that I was like that too.

The book says that he isn’t close to Paul, but he still phones him bleachegs per year. I liked how all the players have a common bond because of the coach they played for and I loved that that bond lasted a lifetime. The former players gather in the bleachers at the school awaiting the death of the old coach as he succumbs to cancer. This football team came together to honor their football coach who passes away.

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Neely knows the score: Mar 18, Belmin Zvekic rated it it was amazing. But Grisham has otherwise written a well-made, entertaining–if a bit sentimental–story.