Bleachers [John Grisham] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback. 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.

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There’s a l Bleachers By John Grisham Fiction – Novella Former high school football players return to their home town to wait for the death of their former football coach, Eddie Rake. It’s hard not to feel for Neely, and John Grisham trots out every convention to enlist the reader in the star’s legion of fans.

Its not about what you do while playing, but rather what you do with the lessons you learn from the game. Books of the Week. What makes this pat formula work is Grisham’s gift with dialogue.

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A weakness in this book is that there isn’t really a situation in where something really exciting happens, most of it is sad. View Full Version of PW.

For Neely Crenshaw, still struggling to come to terms with his explosive relationship with the Coach, his dreams of a great career in the NFL, and the choices he grisha as a young man, the stakes could not be higher.


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The entire middle section is a blow by blow account of a past football game including commentary. Neely does have a brief meeting with the girl he once spurned and still loves, and there is a short excursion to more familiar Nleachers territory when the sometime Spartans pay a visit to another former footballer in a high-security correctional facility, but that’s about it by way of bleachsrs.

Kind of dark, maybe a bit anticlimactic. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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He was as wide as he was tall, and according to Neely, he owned the field. The Accused Theodore Boone: Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bleachefs Coach Eddie Rake, the man who molded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. I liked how all the players have a common bond because of the coach they played for and I loved that that bond lasted a lifetime. Apr 06, Diane rated it liked it. Rabbit A tall gangly man who had been hired as a teacher at Messina High School even though he had never gone beyond the ninth grade.

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He turned on the field lights every night as a vigil for the coach as he was dying and would turn them off when he was dead. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The book says that he isn’t close to Bu, but he still phones him times per year. Yet, many of these players went on to be more in their lives.


It was almost as if I was sitting in the bleachers,cheering for that high school football team which had such a tough taskmaster as coach. Mike Hilliard and Collis Suggs Two of the three players chosen by Coach Rake to give eulogies at his funeral, they speak highly of him and ask the town to grusham the hatchet over his mistakes.

Coach was his first and most regular customer, which made the rest of the town accept his gayness and patronize his shop. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This football team came together to honor their football coach who passes away. His former players never seem to grow up, suspended in memory, frozen on the picture-perfect gridiron of Messina High School.

The Best Books of Overall I liked the book, but wish there was some more interesting story bg and some better characters to latch on to. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. There is something special about high school football when it’s done right Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

A thoughtful and nostalgic John Grisham continues to be a great story teller.