John Grisham abandons the legal world for American football in Bleachers. What a shame, says Harry Ritchie. Now, as Coach Rake’s “boys” sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old games, relive the. On Friday nights, the entire town of Messina waited for the gate to open, then rushed to the bleachers where seats were claimed and nervous.

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Takes about ten years”. Yet, many of these players went on to be more in their lives. Apr 06, Diane rated it liked it. Opposing fans had a rough time in Messina, but not nearly as rough as the opposing teams. It’s easy to tell that this story is very close to Grisham’s heart and that he took the writing of this book very seriously as there are no cheesy subplots or alternate storylines to detract from the main story at hand.

Whatever it was, it didn’t ultimately fill the void in my heart and I was always dissatisfied and looking for the next thing worthy of my time and attention.

In the back half he runs a chop shop, specializing in stolen pickups. The book is about group of friends reminiscing the glory days of playing together and their relationship with their coach.

I believe Grisham reveals more of himself in these novels. It was not fun.

Your fabulous career will be a footnote. For other uses, see Bleachers disambiguation. One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants.

Books by John Grisham. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat Totally up my alley since it is about an iconic high school football coach and the impact he had on multiple generations of players. Nov grishaam, Jared Kraemer rated it liked it. You can’t believe it’s over. If you decide to check out this book, you’ll find the person who is your motivation. We learned the same plays Rake was calling on Friday night. The stirring funeral scene may elicit a few tears, but Neely’s eulogy falls curiously flat.


This is a very serious football town and throughout the book many past histories of this town’s football the field, the coaches and the players.

Well, when I got back to school there was a small package in my P. After living through four hard days in Messina, the lessons Neely learns are unremarkable “Those days are gone now”.

Then before long, back to typical prose, ie, Neely saw his old friend Paul and said, johm.

LOL I should try his latest work instead Bleacers guessed. The bleachers of Rake Field are the gathering place for coach Rake’s “boys,” who sit and swap stories and beers as they wait for the passing of their beloved and hated coach.

With Neely and Paul, he started for three years.

It proves that he can write outside his usual genre and just about get away with it. In thirty-four years as head Coach, Rake had struck only two players off the field. I figured it was just part of the business. One of the announcers had the guts to call it a cheap shot. And in that home Miss Lila and her three daughters and all the rest of the Rakes were now gathered, waiting for the Coach johm take his last breath.

During a grueling unsanctioned Sunday morning practice inMessina player Scotty Reardon died of a heat stroke. Lots of rumors about money, but Jesse would never say. As a sophomore, he is national player of the week when he throws for six touchdowns against Purdue University.


If this book was part of a series, I would continue to read it because its very interesting on how it is set up with everything happening very quickly. Twice he got ejected for kicking opposing linemen in the crotch. The steeple on the far left belonged to the Methodist girsham, and a block behind it, unseen from the bleachers, was a handsome two-story home the town had given to Eddie Rake on his fiftieth birthday.

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He avoids talking to people about it, but shows up unannounced grisjam the old stadium on consecutive nights. When Neely was younger and playing football with his friends, a man watching him approached Neely, saying “You’re going to play football for the Spartans. Were any former players there?

Possibly it’s because it’s hard to get worked up about teams and matches that are made-up, sport bleacherrs proved to be even more difficult for novelists to describe successfully than sex, as various supposed classics – a special mention here for JL Carr’s How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup – of a benighted sub-genre will attest.

Bleachers is a nostalgic tale of dreams lost and memories swirling. Tuesday The road to Rake Field ran beside the school, past the old band hall and the tennis courts, through a tunnel of two perfect rows of red and yellow maples planted and paid for by the boosters, then over a small hill to a lower area covered with enough asphalt for a thousand cars.

I do own Grisham books, but only because family members keep buying them for me on birthday’s and xmas’s.