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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.
All Grisham books are good. Case closed. This was not a legal one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 2 days ago by Jay Friedman
I thought tat it was a very touching story. The author has the ability to make each character real and believable.Published 20 days ago by Robert C. Tuyn
For a book with a lot of football references, it kept me engaged.Published 1 month ago by Carole Dalton
Very good book. Shows the true meaning of hard work and love. I would definitely recommend this book and this author.Published 1 month ago by Glen J.
Loved it. It was a great depiction of the Ives and experiences of high school football players.Published 1 month ago by ANITA R MERKERSON