JOHN GRISHAM played (at times) quarterback for the Chargers of Southaven High School, Southaven, Mississippi. He was not an All-American.
Grisham explores the fanatic world of high school football in its glory and seaminess through the collective and varied memories regarding Messina High's legendary coach, Eddie Rake. Teams from his storied career gather in a deathbed vigil. Through the reminiscences, particularly those of all-American quarterback Neely Crenshaw, Silo Mooney, and other Spartan teammates from 15 years ago, a complex portrait of the coach, his dynasty, and his impact on the town and their lives emerges. Grisham creates vivid, realistic characters whose heroism and flaws are examined from a multitude of angles as they wrestle with their love/hate relationship with Coach Rake, revealing a humanity not always apparent or as balanced in his legal novels. Rather than following the usual route to film, given its length, narrative style, and setting, Bleachers could be a strong stage play. The author makes his debut as a reader and does a very credible job. Highly recommended.AJoyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"As taut and twisting as a well-thrown spiral."--People
"A sure-footed storyteller with an undeniable mastery of
plotting, pacing, and tone."--The New York Times Book Review
"[Grisham] makes this football game so real that the reader can
almost see and hear it."--The New York Times
"Some of the best writing from Grisham . . . [He] makes Bleachers sing."--Los Angeles Times