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A Painted House: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | February 28, 2012 | Trade Paperback

A Painted House: A Novel is rated 3.8235 out of 5 by 34.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers—and two very dangerous men—came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke’s world. A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born. And someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives—and change his family and his town forever.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 7.5 × 4.17 × 1.15 in

Published: February 28, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 034553204X

ISBN - 13: 9780345532046

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from made me wonder why a great author who has a kult like following would drift so far from what he is great at? Painted House is a good read, and I may one day read it again, but would not be the first book i recomend.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Enjoyable I really enjoyed this book. It kept my interest from start to finish. Reading about the Chandler family and their cotton farm opened my eyes to a very different way of life. Farming is tough work and during the summer of 1952 the Chandler family had to deal with a lot more than just a tough crop to pick. They were forced to deal with violent hired workers, a fatherless baby that is born in their town, and even murder. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about families and their struggles and how they overcome them.
Date published: 2007-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a painted house This is the kind of book you want to never end! luke makes the story exiting. it full of mystery and danger! Rual Arkinssa was the perfect location to set this book! GO CARDNIALS!
Date published: 2006-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad that it's over... Just finished reading this book about 5 minutes ago, It is definitely on my favorites list, but I have to admit something was missing. Unfortunately I can't put my finger on it. The start was a little slow, I wondered for awhile if anything was going to happen. Then it all started coming together and for about 8 hours I was unable to put it down. Altogether I have to say it flowed quite nicely, John did a great job on this one. I wish I could just figure out what it is that's missing...
Date published: 2002-09-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So dullllllllllllllllll ! This is not the John Grisham that I'm used to read. I'm on page 306 out of 465 and nothing yet. Hope he'll come back to his ownself. The Chicago Tribune wrote that he keeps subtly building the tension. It is so subtle that I'm not feeling it yet.
Date published: 2002-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was one of the best I have ever read. I read it for summer reading in 10th grade and I thought it was fabulous. John Grisham sure knows how to keep your interest! Read it!
Date published: 2002-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! This is, so far as I know, Grisham's second departure from his legal thrillers. I have read several of his previous works and I found this novel to be a refresing change for the writer. The story, set on a southern Cotton farm, is told through the eyes of a 7 year old boy. Through his words you meet many interesting characters which is what makes this book such a great read. As I approached the end of the book, I was hoping for another 200 pages to find out more about the main character, as well as the others in the novel. Even though I enjoy Grisham's legals thrillers I hope to see more like this one in the future. For a lighter hearted and touching read check out John's Skipping Christmas as well! He is a fantastic story teller.
Date published: 2002-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GREAT book! I was reccomended A Painted House by my mom when we were in the Tampa airport. She said she loved John Grisham, so I thought I'd like to try it out. I bought it, and another book and couldn't wait to settle down and read it! It took me a while to read, because to tell you the truth, I'm 13 and this was the first book I had read that was that long. When I was about half way done, and really into it, I lost for about two weeks, I was devistated, I was ready to go out and buy another! Finally, I found it. It ended up being in my desk at school, burried under my pencil case! I finally finished it, and I LOVED it! I'm really into mysteries, and it was a good one! For me it was one of those books that is really sad when your finished it, for about two weeks after I kept thinking I wasn't done, so I would go and get it, and then remember that I was already done! I really hope John Grisham writes a sequal because the end is something that could definately be followed, it was a mega cliffhanger
Date published: 2002-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Young Reader's Thoughts Though I am only thirteen, this book captured me and inspired me and wouldn't let me put it down. I couldn't recommend it to a certain group of readers because it is a book for all. Normally I am not interested in books that are about the past or farming, but this one instantly took me in. The end was sad and will bring a tear to your eye, guaranteed. I was recommened this book by my mother, and am for sure going to read others of his (this was my first!) Even though I am sure it is directed towards adult readers, there is nothing that should prevent a younger reader from enjoying his talents. I give John Grisham's A Painted House ****!
Date published: 2002-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Underrated Effort I am surprised to be reading negative reviews of this novel. I suspect that anyone not named John Grisham would be applauded for such quality work. Perhaps Mr. Grisham should have considered adopting a pen name. A Painted House will someday be called a classic. It is a pitch-perfect time capsule, examining a lost way of life.
Date published: 2002-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Painted House This book was great. I really enjoyed it, the characters were great. The book wasn't like most other John Grisham books, but it was still good. The story was about a family and how they coped with live in rural Arkansas. Thre were many different plot twists and the ending was really good. It kept you wondering what would happen next and what happened to them after the book finished. The book was well written and very exiting. I recomend this book to anyone who likes a good story. There were very little problems with this book. It was great.
Date published: 2002-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Painted House if you want to read about baseball and picking cotton for 300 pages then this is the book for you!! I thought that something exciting would happen - maybe something suspenseful! No such luck!
Date published: 2002-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ended too soon... I loved this book! It started out a bit slowly but soon had me mesmerized. Mr. Grisham succeeds in transporting us to the farm with his wonderful narrative. It ended way too soon! I'm itching to know what happens next...
Date published: 2002-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Refreshing Change Living during the 1950's was tough enough without being sworn to secrecy more often in a single summer than most people do in a lifetime. Having witnessed two murders, the birth of the illegitimate baby, a nephew at war, and another year of his beloved St. Louis Cardinals not winning the pennant is about all 7-year old Luke can take. But he does with the maturity of someone many years older. Despite straying from the safe and secure confines of lawyers, judges, courtrooms and trials, Grisham's vivid description of the sights and sounds and scenery had me rubbing shoulders with Luke, his parents and grandparents, the Mexicans and the hill people. Despite his foray into a world without lawyers, Grisham's ability to keep me spellbound with his writing style was witnessed by the fact it only took 4 days to read the 388 pages.
Date published: 2001-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different from normal Grisham works Still up to his usual quality, though. In A Painted House, Grisham uses his writing skills in a different fashion, leaving lawyers and the courtroom far behind. An interesting novel, which is for the most part peaceful and slow-moving, with moments of excitement thoughout, told through the eyes of a 7 year-old farm child. If you want a book that is thrilling and fast-moving, choose another title, but most Grisham fans will enjoy this departure.
Date published: 2001-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Painted House - excellent! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! The subject matter is so different from all Mr. Grisham's other novels. The excerpt does not do the book justice. It is very witty and at times quite moving. You will want the story to continue once you have come to the last page!
Date published: 2001-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Unlike his previous work, this is the best of his books since A Time To Kill. One of the best books I've read in a while. A plot that has everything I like in a novel. A great story, interesting characters, interesting dillemas and a plot that doesn't dissapoint. Reminiscent of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
Date published: 2001-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Grishamesque... Although this book is definitely not Grishamesque it remains a very good read. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Grishy constantly left me wanting to know what was going to happen next. No need to be a diehard Grisham fan to appreciate this one.
Date published: 2001-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Left Me Hanging John Grisham has delved away from his usual legal thrillers by writing an enchanting book through the eyes of a young boy. The simple joys of a Saturday matinee, the raw brutal fear of a terrible secret too deadly to reveal, characters that tug at our heartstrings and those that anger us. Poverty and hope all entertwined in this delightful book. This marvelous book keep me up at night reading until the very disappointing ending and I have to wonder if a sequel is planned or if Grisham's dog ate the last few chapters before he had to get it to the publishers. I was left very disappointed at the bland ending to what was a very promising and exciting book.
Date published: 2001-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Folklore Legend In his latest novel "A Painted House", Mr. Grisham has combined the magic of W.P. Kinsella, W.O. Mitchell and Harper Lee into a wonderful piece of folklore legend. I applaud him for his courageous cross-over into this realm. It certainly would have been much safer to remain in the legal thriller world and avoid the vitriolic respones of a few disgruntled readers and critics. Mr. Grisham, this was an enjoyable escape into nostalgia and I forgive you for writing "The Brethern".
Date published: 2001-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC I have read all of Grisham's books and even though this one is not his usual kind of story I think it is excellent! much better than his last book. It was easy reading and very enjoyable!
Date published: 2001-03-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment I took this book and threw it in the fire...It was horrific. I expected way more out of this book I think this book should have never been published.John Grisham is the worst author on the face of this planet...How can he even call himself an author?Beats me.
Date published: 2001-03-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the Painted House John Grisham has demeaned himself with this terrible excuse for a Book, as compared to his successes. Why a publisher would sell this and why he would put his name to it is the question. Just money I guess. A public con, we expected more.
Date published: 2001-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lisag This book was a pleasant surprise! I thought that it was quite interesting right through, (though, I do prefer his writing based on lawyers), John Grisham's style always keeps me entertained.
Date published: 2001-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast, enjoyable reading I have read all of John's books and I find them all hard to put down. This one especially. It was very easy reading and the characters are all easy to get to know without much discription of them. Since it is written in the first person of a seven year old boy, it is a very nostalgic book. I give John credit for going out on a limb and trying something so different than what his fans are used to, but I hope he continues to write his "traditional legal stories". This is a book that people of all ages can read and follow without any difficulty.
Date published: 2001-02-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good... but different John Grisham is without a doubt my favorite author, and I love the intrigue and unexpected twists that usually come with his legal thrillers. This book was nothing like that. For the first third of the book, I was waiting for the scene to change, or something new to happen which would bring it into Grisham's usual genre, but it never happened. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the book, and it is worth reading, but it's much more of a slower-paced drama than his usual offerings. I suspect John Grisham enjoyed the change of style, but I hope he returns to what he is a master at.
Date published: 2001-02-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from the painted house Differernt,the storyline was mundane.I was not intrigued by the characters as I was in all his previous books,Writing about something different was good.I just didn't enjoy this one.
Date published: 2001-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Painted House This is the first John Grisham book that I have read. I finished it in three days. I thought it was a great book, a real page turner. You could never expect what was going to happen next. I know that this book is a departure from his others, but I am going to start reading them. If they are anything near as good as this book, I know that I will enjoy them.
Date published: 2001-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quite a switch... Grisham's newest book, A Painted House, is definitely nothing like The Pelican Brief, except in grizley murders. Changing genre is never easy--ask Julie Andrews how hard it is to escape from Sound of Music. Grisham has tried something different and probably done well, but we the audience had other expectations. Judging by how well Jan Karon's Mitford series is selling, and by how popular boxed sets of Laura Ingals Wilder's Little House series still are, and even Ralph Moody's Little Britches saga, Grisham could turn A Painted House into a continuing tale. Does Pappy finish painting the house? Do Tally and Cowboy end up in Montreal? Does Ricky come home from Korea, and if he does, will he marry Libby? Does Luke go play for the Cards? Do the Latchers ever go home? After being immersed in a seven-year-old's world for 388 pages, I feel like a seven-year-old again and am curious to find out what happened, even though I'm 52 and lived through the coming of television, the Korean conflict, and the age of Tootsie Rolls. Grisham's characters pass the test of believeability, and for that I can forgive the sometimes tedious weather and flood reports.
Date published: 2001-02-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointment of the Year A Painted House is being hailed as a departure from Grisham's usual style. As far as this reader is concerned, he should have stayed with what has made him so successful. A Painted House lacks the fast moving, intriguing plot that has been Grisham's forte. The paucity of conflict and unbelievable characterization result in a plodding series of vignettes. This novel is about as exciting as watching paint dry or reading 30 essays on "what I did on my summer holidays". Give it a miss.
Date published: 2001-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Painted House Although it is not like any of Grisham's other novels, this is a masterpiece. The writing flows and moves quickly. A story of a seven year old boy as the cotton picking season begins is absolutely amazing. I find that I can't stop reading this book.
Date published: 2001-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfect for Oprah's Book Club If you've read and enjoyed all of his previous legal thrillers, this may not be a book for you. A Painted House is a good story - if you're a fan of Oprah's Book Club! Set in rural Arkansas, a poor white family picks cotton with the help of migrant Mexicans and hillbillies. Full of cliches, and beyond predictable, this book was a major disappointment.
Date published: 2001-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Yarn I have to admit that I have been disappointed with Grisham's last few efforts. He is usually a good page-turner, but his last few books lacked the energy and fun his first books had. A Painted House is Grisham's first book without any lawyer, judges or things like that. This is his most mature effort, and it is also his best book for that matter. From the very first page, you get enthralled in this story about a family living on an Arkansas coton farm. As the time for picking coton arrives, the family will find itself entangled in various tragedies. The book is narrated by a seven year old boy, and Grisham's choice of words is perfect to portray this boy's memories. You get a feel of nostalgia from the very first page and that feel remains present until the very last page. I found myself loving this book more and more as my reading went on. This is a great effort for Grisham and it almost makes you hope that he will stop writing courtroom dramas to write more books like this one. This is the best book of 2001 so far, a perfect read.
Date published: 2001-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AN AMAZING BOOK I was totally transported to another place and time reading this book. The characters were well developed, the story line believable and the tone and mood spectaular. More then once I had to remind myself that this was a John Grisham book, because after his last few terrible legal books it was hard to believe he could write such a great book. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2001-02-08

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A Painted House: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 pages, 7.5 × 4.17 × 1.15 in

Published: February 28, 2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 034553204X

ISBN - 13: 9780345532046

About the Book

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers--and two very dangerous men--came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world. A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born. And someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives--and change his family and his town forever.

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Chapter I The hill people and the Mexicans arrived on the same day. It was a Wednesday, early in September 1952. The Cardinals were five games behind the Dodgers with three weeks to go, and the season looked hopeless. The cotton, however, was waist-high to my father, over my head, and he and my grandfather could be heard before supper whispering words that were seldom heard. It could be a “good crop.” They were farmers, hardworking men who embraced pessimism only when discussing the weather and the crops. There was too much sun, or too much rain, or the threat of floods in the lowlands, or the rising prices of seed and fertilizer, or the uncertainties of the markets. On the most perfect of days, my mother would quietly say to me, “Don’t worry. The men will find something to worry about.” Pappy, my grandfather, was worried about the price for labor when we went searching for the hill people. They were paid for every hundred pounds of cotton they picked. The previous year, according to him, it was $1.50 per hundred. He’d already heard rumors that a farmer over in Lake City was offering $1.60. This played heavily on his mind as we rode to town. He never talked when he drove, and this was because, according to my mother, not much of a driver herself, he was afraid of motorized vehicles. His truck was a 1939 Ford, and with the exception of our old John Deere tractor, it was our sole means of transportation. This was no particular problem except
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers—and two very dangerous men—came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke’s world. A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born. And someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives—and change his family and his town forever.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

“Captivating . . . This is John Grisham’s best work.”—CNN

“John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we’ve got. . . . The pages turn. The characters take on their own lives. And at times, as the cotton bolls glisten in the sun, you can’t help thinking of other coming-of-age novels from the South: Huckleberry Finn or To Kill a Mockingbird.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“The kind of book you read slowly because you don’t want it to end . . . Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Characters that no reader will forget . . . prose as clean and strong as any Grisham has yet laid down . . . and a drop-dead evocation of a time and place that mark this novel as a classic slice of Americana.”—Publishers Weekly

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