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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.
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 2 days 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 18 days ago by lindawisch
Very easy read; great for vacation. Completely enjoyable! I recommend Bleachers to anyone who enjoys that community feeling generated in school district pride and especially those... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Shari
A great John Grisham read. If you've read Grisham before you'll LOVE this book. If you're new to Grisham this is a GREAT book and a definite "Buy!!!"Published 24 days ago by Kathryn A. Leroy
All Grisham books are good. Case closed. This was not a legal one, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 1 month ago by Jay Friedman