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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 the Hardcover edition.
His worst book ever. I can't believe a writer of his caliber could put out such dribble.Published 2 days ago by Roy S
Grisham should stick to lawyers cases, no one tells them better than him... Bleachers... Well, not his best at all.Published 10 days ago by Luis
This book was amazing. Loved the twist about the '87 team. I have now read it twice and might read it again.Published 12 days ago by Dede Smith
very anticlimactic. I guess I was expecting a big turn of events, never happenedPublished 21 days ago by Christopher Winton
It's sucks I hate this book it was so boring I wanted to shoot myself reading this. Literally shoot myself.Published 23 days ago by Chandler C Prosser
Over the course of the last few years I’ve come to the realization that I mostly don’t review fiction titles. They rarely stick with me in the way non-fiction titles do. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TravellingCari
Not your typical riveting John Grisham novel. Well written, as expected, but easy to put down. I prefer his legal novels.Published 1 month ago by lindawisch