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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.
I enjoyed this book however, it is not the best Grisham novel I've read.Published 2 days ago by RITA L.
Couldn't finish the book. I could see a high school football player loving it.Published 13 days 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 24 days 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 26 days ago by Elizabeth Darling
I really enjoyed this book though was much different than his usual lawyer/political type. Slower paced, thought provoking. Brought back memories of my own teenage yearsPublished 1 month ago by Jennifer S
Why in the hell is it just a short sample ? I thought that I had downloaded a full book.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
If you are a football fan you will like this story a lot. Since I am not, the story contained too much detail on past games and little action but more a study on human nature.Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Doloresco
If you are looking a light read that includes football this would a good choice. It is a sports themed book. And reads really fast.Published 1 month ago by Lynne Scholfield