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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.
I am a avid reader of Mr. Grisham. I know this was one of his older books but so we're so many good ones. I just kept waiting for the story to start. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sherry Wessman of Livonia Mi.
Coach father figure to a bunch of teens who hated him dies and they all loved him.Published 1 day ago by Phytergator
This isn't one of John Grishams best books but I still liked it anyway. Growing up in a small community that worships its high school sports stars was something I could identify... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Steven R. Krahn
His worst book ever. I can't believe a writer of his caliber could put out such dribble.Published 29 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Dede Smith
very anticlimactic. I guess I was expecting a big turn of events, never happenedPublished 1 month ago by Christopher Winton