Playing for Pizza

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Playing for Pizza

By John Grisham

Bantam, Paperback, 9780385344005, 260pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2011


After providing what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL, third-string quarterback Rick Dockery becomes a national laughingstock. Cut by the Cleveland Browns, and shunned by every other team, Rick insists that his agent find a team that "does" need him. Against enormous odds, Rick lands 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.

About the Author
Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA. "From the Paperback edition."

Praise For Playing for Pizza

“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


“Score another one for Grisham. . . . This is a fish-out-of-water tale that perfectly suits his strengths as a storyteller.”—USA Today

“A light-hearted story of football, food and love.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Football in Italy? Who knew? Grisham means to have a sweet time with this story of a fallen NFL quarterback. And he does.”—New York Daily News

“Delightfully comic . . . a deeply satisfying story.”—The Boston Globe

“Charming . . . the author's love letter to Italy.”—Publishers Weekly