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Bleachers: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | December 27, 2011 | Trade Paperback

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.53 × 4.18 × 0.54 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532031

ISBN - 13: 9780345532039

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Illustration of a Football Team Family Bleachers is about a little municipality in USA where football is the central point of entertainement in the area. The team of the little city is the strongest one of their league. The main reason the team excels is the coach. He is certainly the roughest coach with his team making team push themself over their limit. The book takes place when the coach is old and is about to die and most of the book is about memories and flashbacks. I've really appreciated mostly because it really reflects what I lived when I played football. It's a good book if you never played this sport but you got a whole new perspective when you actually lived what the author describes in his book. He's really close to reality mainly when he explains the feeling of love between family members in the team. The author also got nice description of the universe of the book that we imagine well and he finds a way to make us really feel what's happenning in the book. Amazing book to read!
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fortunately, it's short! I am a great fan of Grisham. I read almost all his novels. However, I was not too thrilled with Bleachers. Of course, it's well written, but not very interesting in my opinion. You really have to be a major football fan to enjoy this one. I kept on reading because I was expecting a twist at the end, but it never came. I'm only glad this book only has 200 and some pages. I only recommend this book to people (probably men) who truly enjoy football. It's not my case.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The One and Only Bleachers was the first and only book I read by John Grisham. I'm not a fan of football at all. But I understood the football parts enough to get through. I loved how Mr. Grisham explained the relationship between Neely and his coach. I gave it a four because it was a little boring in the first few paragraphs. But by the second chapter I was hooked. The story was well written making you want to know more about Neely's past and how Neely's persective of his old coach changes over the course of the book. Why it didn't get a five you may ask? Because I'm not a fan of football. Well to put this review into a few words, it's really well written, you can imagine the characters even though there wasn't a lot of detail and you can imagine the surroundings perfectly.
Date published: 2005-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This is the second book I have read by John. The other was Christmas with the Kranks so I can't really compare to his other novels. However, I did find the story somewhat touching. I would say the novel is geared toward male readers and more so former athletes.
Date published: 2004-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Most Boring Grisham I've Ever Read I love most John Grisham novels. But this one was so boring. The only reason I kept reading was to see if it actually got any better towards the end. Just a bunch of guys sitting around a football field waiting for their former coach to die. And in the end, there was a funeral and they all went home. That's it in a nutshell. Not only that but it was not worth the $10 for a very short (229pgs), add to it very large print with huge spaces between the line. I'm not sure what happened to the usual Grisham suspense, investigative style novels but this was not it. Sure I understand that we were probably supposed to get to know the characters and see how their lives had changed, etc but this just didn't do it for me.
Date published: 2004-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Grisham's Fumble This regular Grisham fan was disappointed with his latest effort. Although seemingly a good premise for a story the author couldn't make it work. The characters (and there were a lot of them) were underdeveloped and not particularly believable. The story dragged especially as the players recounted past successes and failures. Grisham's novel was certainly no touchdown for this reader.
Date published: 2003-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BLEACHERS i find john grisham is a very versatile author. I manage to read all his books and have never found one dull.
Date published: 2003-11-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Eulogy to a football fan 160 pages of game scripts ending with a lengthy eulogy. This is not Grisham. He was already testing different grounds with his Painted House, which I did not partucularly like, and Skipping Christmas, which was a success. Bleechers is another attempt to explore his horizons. This attempt obviously failed.
Date published: 2003-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the money Although not too boring a book, because of its size ( 168 pages) I read this in 1 day. I can think of better ways to spend $ 20.00.
Date published: 2003-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Book Although it was different from the other Grisham books, it was good.
Date published: 2003-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from idunno it was poor
Date published: 2003-08-29

– More About This Product –

Bleachers: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.53 × 4.18 × 0.54 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532031

ISBN - 13: 9780345532039

About the Book

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
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.

Read from the Book

Tuesday The road to Rake Field ran beside the school, past the old band hall and the tennis courts, through a tunnel of two perfect rows of red and yellow maples planted and paid for by the boosters, then over a small hill to a lower area covered with enough asphalt for a thousand cars. The road stopped in front of an immense gate of brick and wrought iron that announced the presence of Rake Field, and beyond the gate was a chain-link fence that encircled the hallowed ground. On Friday nights, the entire town of Messina waited for the gate to open, then rushed to the bleachers where seats were claimed and nervous pregame rituals were followed. The black, paved pasture around Rake Field would overflow long before the opening kickoff, sending the out-of-town traffic into the dirt roads and alleys and remote parking zones behind the school''s cafeteria and its baseball field. Opposing fans had a rough time in Messina, but not nearly as rough as the opposing teams. Driving slowly along the road to Rake Field was Neely Crenshaw, slowly because he had not been back in many years, slowly because when he saw the lights of the field the memories came roaring back, as he knew they would. He rolled through the red and yellow maples, bright in their autumn foliage. Their trunks had been a foot thick in Neely''s glory days, and now their branches touched above him and their leaves dropped like snow and covered the road to Rake Field. It was late in the afternoon, in October, and a soft wi
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From the Publisher

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

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

“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