Playing for Pizza
By John Grisham
Dell Publishing Company, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345532053, 308pp.
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
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Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game. With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.
But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job as the "starting" quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player any former NFL player at their helm. And now they ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and "football americano" holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
“Delightfully comic . . . a deeply satisfying story.”—The Boston Globe
“Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That’s exactly what he does, with great success, in Playing for Pizza.”—USA Today
“A light-hearted story of football, food and love.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch