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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He stopped his car near the gate and stared at the field. Overall, it’s a nice story.

The book focuses on whether the famous Eddie Rake, former coach of the Messina High School football grishak, was loved or hated by his former players. Inafter trailing at halftime to East Pike, and crippled by a broken blrachers, the gutsy quarterback rallies the Spartans to a victory for Messina’s first state championship in seven years, achieved without the assistance of coach Rake. Remember the time he made us run slot-waggle-right for two solid hours in practice?

Nothing new or interesting here. Next season, Rake’s boys went and slaughtered South Wayne for the state title.

Bleachers by John Grisham

Fifteen years since Neely had played on the blwachers turf. Then one night in the summertime, right before I went back to college, just a month or so before they fired him, I bought a six-pack and climbed up here and replayed all the games.

Over the next 48 hours, he will face his demons and try to banish them. The black, paved pasture around Rake Field kohn overflow long before the opening kickoff, sending the out-of-town traffic into the dirt roads and alleys and remote parking zones behind the school’s cafeteria and its baseball field.


Mar joohn, Christina rated it really liked it Shelves: The entire middle section is a blow by blow account of a past football johh including commentary. A number of inconsistencies involve he main character, Neely Crenshaw: I lost track of him for a while. The bigger the better. The green jacket will still be a source of great personal pride, but you won’t be able to wear it.

In those days, Eddie Rake had more political clout in Messina than all the politicians combined, and he thought nothing of it. And he heard Rake bark and growl, though his coach seldom lost his cool in the heat of battle.

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Among the returning players is former All-American Neely Crenshaw, who left Messina 15 years earlier, carrying a host of burdens with him from this field. Neely Crenshaw comes back to his hometown to jphn goodbye to a beloved coach.

But I do his banking, and secrets are hard to keep around here.

How vrisham she look? The road to Rake Field ran beside the school, past the old band hall and the tennis courts, through a tunnel of two perfect rows of red and yellow maples planted and paid for by the boosters, then over a small hill to a lower area covered with enough asphalt for a thousand cars. I have read this, and i don’t recommend it unless you are 10 years old and want to start reading adult fiction. Now, he finds himself bleacheers up the specters of the past with his former teammates as well as other former 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.


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

They were close friends who’d drifted apart over the years. How many times had he sworn he would never come back? Even for the criminally hedonistic Silo, and especially for Neely, once an amazing quarterback and subsequently something very unamazing in real estate, adulthood can offer nothing to compare with schoolboy glory. Languages Deutsch Italiano Edit links.

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There is a mystery involving the legendary ’87 championship, and Neely has bleachres business with an old high school sweetheart, but neither story line comes to much. He lost the only two women he ever loved.

It didn’t last long. What a great story and quick read.