By John Grisham
(Dell, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345532039, 240pp.)
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
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High school all-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen 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 an unbeatable 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. For Neely Crenshaw, a man who must finally forgive his coach—and himself—before he can get on with life, the stakes are especially high.
John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.
“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