Bleachers is a complex character study. Grisham's carefully observed characters are absolutely true to life. This is a book that will appeal to literary readers and small town sports fans as well as Grisham's millions of fans.
Neely Crinshaw was the star of his high school football team. when he left Messina, he was determined never to return. As Bleachers begins, he does return to await the death of fabled coach Eddie Rake with the fraternity of Rake's former players.
Neely and the other characters are beautifully described. Grisham has created a complex and believable world well worth reading.
The audio version of the book is read by Grisham himself. While many authors are not particularly good readers, Grisham grew up in the Southern storytelling tradition and gives a great, understated reading.
If you thought Grisham could only write thrillers, give Bleachers a try. You may be surprised by the subtleties.
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