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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.
For a book with a lot of football references, it kept me engaged.Published 4 days 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 9 days ago by Glen J.
Loved it. It was a great depiction of the Ives and experiences of high school football players.Published 13 days ago by ANITA R MERKERSON
Excellent sports book in line with Remember the Titans and Saturday Night Lights.Published 14 days ago by jtcgolf
The football lingo was a bit too technical to keep me interested, but the story line wove around it enough to keep me hanging in there. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Barbara Tourtelot