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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was recommended to me because of the introspection and personal revelations in the wake of the coach's impending death. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
For those of us who were athletes "back in the day," and our "crowning athletic achievements may have been by the time we were 17/18 years old, I found the author's... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed listening to this book. John Grisham did a great job of narrating it. I'm not sure I would have liked it as much had I read it instead of listened. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Quincy Parker
The writing, not the plot, kept me reading. I know little about the inner workings of high school football, and have read maybe one other book by this writer. Read morePublished 26 days ago by APR
I enjoyed this book however, it is not the best Grisham novel I've read.Published 29 days ago by RITA L.
Couldn't finish the book. I could see a high school football player loving it.Published 1 month ago by Angela Lepitre
Not one of the authors normal books and an easy read. Characters meeting after years in their home town reminiscing over the past. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hermann
Nice quick read. Most high school athletes will be able to relate to a coach like the one depicted in the bookPublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Darling