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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It was a miserable winter, but Messina endured.

Preview — Bleachers by John Grisham. Never miss an issue! In thirty-four years as head Coach, Rake had struck only two players off the field.

We dreamed of being Spartans and playing before ten thousand fanatics. It also has a wonderful picture of what happens when you let an accident control your life. When I was in college, I would come home for the holidays and stay away from this place. How many times had he promised himself he would never do what he was now doing?

Possibly it’s because it’s hard to get worked up about teams and matches that are made-up, sport has proved to be even more difficult for novelists to describe successfully than sex, as various supposed classics – a special mention here for JL Carr’s How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup – of a benighted sub-genre will attest.

The book turns into an emotional novel about a legendary coach in the town who brought them to many championships.

Fifteen years after swearing he would never return, Neely Crenshaw finds himself back in Messina, Texas, awaiting final word that local legend and former football coach Eddie Rake has died.


Every Messina player had seen Rake, on a particularly bad day, throw his body at a running back and take him down with a vicious hit. She spent most of the game in prayer, certain he would break his neck. This football team came together to honor their football coach who passes away.

The characters joh introduced, not given enough time to develop fully but they are solid with enough backstory to satisfy the reader. No one had deserved it as much.

Bleachers by John Grisham

My only complaint was that this book was far too short. The games came back to him, though he tried to block them out. He lived for the sight of blood on the poor boy lined up against him. I read this on the flight to Austin two weeks ago. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing’s greatest success stories.

He wore the same weathered Messina cap he’d worn for decades.

When you’re a best gridham novelist you can get anything published. It’s easy to tell that this story is very close to Grisham’s heart grishsm that he took the writing of this book very seriously as there are no cheesy subplots or alternate storylines to detract from the main story at hand. Rake relished physical contact with his players, but not the slap on the back for a job well done. This coach was extraordinary. His hand injury is caused when Neely punches Coach Eddie Rake in the face, after Coach Rake backhands him, causing him to break his nose.


Bleachers was published on June 22, Then he married a local girl from another prominent family. Most of them had never left. Or maybe he wanted to prove that he doesn’t need all the legal apparatus – that he can do emotion and stuff like that in a literary sort of a book. Jun 18, Kevin rated it really liked it.

It was incomprehensible that he was now a shriveled old man gasping for his last breath. If you decide to check out this book, you’ll johj the person who is your motivation. Their trunks had been a foot thick in Neely’s glory days, and now their branches touched above him and their leaves dropped like snow and covered the road to Rake Field.

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Next season, Ggrisham boys went and slaughtered South Griwham for the state title. Theresa I think the author chose the setting because it is the story of Friday nights in just about every small town in the South. Like many second-string players in any sport, ‘Bleachers’ will not have the opportunity to grasp glory, but it is consistent and solid and there when you need it. I often look at the things people obsess about, especially sport, and wonder why.

Thirty-one offered full scholarships. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.