Thus begins the new novel from John Grisham, a story inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas. The narrator is a farm boy named Luke Chandler, age seven, who lives in the cotton fields with his parents and grandparents in a little house that's never been painted. The Chandlers farm 80 acres that they rent, not own, and when the cotton is ready they hire a truckload of Mexicans and a family from the Ozarks to help harvest it.
For six weeks they pick cotton, battling the heat, the rain, the fatigue, and sometimes each other. As the weeks pass Luke sees and hears things no seven year old could possibly be prepared for, and he finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever.
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"David Lansbury's narration complements the story perfectly. His soft Southern voice ably captures Grisham's loving evocation of time and place." (AudioFile)
I usually love Grisham but this book was slow and boring. The narrator's voice was irritating. On top of boring it was also frustrating. The thing kept cutting out/turning off. I do not know if it did not download properly or if there is a problem with the book itself.
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