John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection of stories reminds us once again why Grisham is America's favorite storyteller.
"Good story, hard to listen to"
High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was the best quarterback to play for the Messina Spartans. 15 years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into a football dynasty. 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 old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake or hate him.
In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time To Kill. Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for 11 years.It could well be their last visit.
Neely Crenshaw was once star quarterback for Messina High School's football team. Afterwards his life went nowhere. But now the man who molded him, Coach Eddie Rake, is dying and Neely returns to Messina. Players old and young have returned. Neely congregates with them on the bleachers as they wait for Rake to finally pass away. It is in the many conversations that follow that Neely can confront what his explosive relationship with Rake really meant to him and, in the moment of loss, find redemption.