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The story centers on the impending death of the Messina Spartans' football coach Eddie Rake. One of the most victorious coaches in high school football history, Rake is a man both loved and feared by his players and by a town that relishes his 13 state titles. The hero of the novel is Neely Crenshaw, a former Rake All-American whose NFL prospects ended abruptly after a cheap shot to the knees. Neely has returned home for the first time in years to join a nightly vigil for Rake at the Messina stadium. Having wandered through life with little focus since his college days, he struggles to reconcile his conflicted feelings towards his former coach, and he assays to rekindle love in the ex-girlfriend he abandoned long ago. For Messina and for Neely, the homecoming offers the prospect of building a life after Rake.
Physically a narrow book, Bleachers is a modest fiction in many respects. The emotional scope is akin to that of a short story, with a single-minded focus on explorations of nostalgia and regret. The dialogue, especially that of Neely's friend Paul Curry, is sometimes wooden as characters recall Messina history in paragraphs that were perhaps better left to the narrator. But Grisham has otherwise written a well-made, entertaining--if a bit sentimental--story. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Somewhat boring account of a former high school football star player who returns to his small southern town to attend the funeral of his former star (and very controversial) coach. Read morePublished 8 days ago by VicP
Talk about small-town nostalgia, team spirit, football fever, bonds between people - this was a surprising book by John Grisham - it was so good I bought a copy for a friend,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Laura Galbraith
As a coach of 20 years, the story hits very close to home. Wonderful character development brings this novel to life.Published 18 days ago by Dan J. Mahalek
Interesting how people's lives change and how they view a reunion of sorts in there home town and there sports teams.Published 19 days ago by Susan Arnold
John Grisham groupie so my opinions are biased. lol great fast read, good break from the court room.Published 22 days ago by omar
An easy read for a beach holiday but really nothing special.
Simple story that goes nowhere.
Waste of time in my opinion.
This is one of my favorite Books. I have read it so many times I lost count. I have it in Paperback and on my Nook, now in Hardback. Glad I was able to find it in hardback. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AJ Derise