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Paperback Bleachers Book

ISBN: 0385340877

ISBN13: 9780385340878


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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...

Customer Reviews

5 ratings

Another great Grisham book

John Grisham uses high school football in a small town to have us take a look at what really matters. A group of friends come together to mourn the loss of their football coach. The characters are well developed and you feel as though they are your old friends by the end of the book. The book addresses regrets, the need for forgiveness, and the importance of friends. You will enjoy this book even if you aren't a fan of football.

Trip back to high school

For those that have given ill reviews to Mr. Grisham's latest, I suspect they were never involved in small-town sports, especially football. Reared in a small, Texas town, football was a way of life for me, much like it is for the environs of Messina. Reading this book in a single sitting, I couldn't help but live my glory days again. We were adored and pampered by our people, and that is something that only high school football will allow a great many, young boys and girls. Thanks, Mr. Grisham, for such a great story.

A joy to read

There are no lawyers, judges, juries or DA's in "Bleachers" by John Grisham.It is a simple, unpretentious story eloquently told.The high school football team put a small Southern town on the map after a new coach was hired. Eddie Rake, the coach for 34 years won numerous state championships and had an eighty-four game winning streak.More important than the stats was the influence, inspiration and affect he had on his players. They were considered the elite, not only of the school, but the town as well.The coach is dying and players return for the vigil and funeral of the man they both loved and hated, revered and feared, adored and abhorred.Generations of players mingle, stories are swapped and long held secrets are revealed. A powerful book that will make you laugh, cry and cheer---and in the end feel uplifted and reaffirmed.You cannot ask for more than that.

Loved it Loved it Loved it!!!

I am a woman,62 years old. Out family moved to a small Texas town in 1972, population 21,000 (then). Where football was KING!...especially on Friday night. To read this book brought back to me all the nostalgia of a by-gone time. When there was unity in a town, where everyone pulled together for one common purpose, shallow for some, very important for others. A great book. I felt the emotion, I could hear the crowds again, the thrill of the team entering the field. Thank You John Grisham!!

Original and Well Done

Not your typical Grisham courtroom thriller, but a well thought out book that keeps you wondering what will happen next. A quick read, but well worth it.
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