In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.
Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.
Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.
Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney's wife.
Three good ol' boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer. The journey comes to an abrupt end when they make a fateful stop at a Memphis strip club.
The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It's a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those "seniors" he professes to love.
One of the hazards of litigating against people in a small town is that one day, long after the trial, you will probably come face-to-face with someone you've beaten in a lawsuit. Lawyer Stanley Wade bumps into an old adversary, a man with a long memory, and the encounter becomes a violent ordeal.
Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated. But in Lowtown, the colored section of Clanton, the young man finds a soul mate in his final days.
Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.
Returning to the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, longtime bestseller Grisham presents seven short stories about the residents of Ford County, Miss. Each story explores different themes-mourning, revenge, justice, acceptance, evolution-but all flirt with the legal profession, the staple of (former attorney) Grisham's oeuvre. Fans will be excited to settle back into Grisham's world, and these easily digestible stories don't disappoint, despite their brevity. Full of strong characters, simple but resonant plotlines, and charming Southern accents, this collection is solid throughout; though his literary aspirations may seem quaint, Grisham succeeds admirably in his crowd-pleasing craft while avoiding pat endings or oversimplifying (perhaps best exemplified in "Michael's Room," which finds a lawyer facing the consequences of successfully defending a doctor against a malpractice suit). As always, Grisham balances his lawyerly preoccupations with a deep respect for his undereducated and overlooked characters.
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1 . Diffrent from the norm
Posted August 02, 2011 by Weeden , Phx AZAt frist I was a bit leary about this 'book' however after reading the intro to the book I was intrigued. If you are a fan of Grisham the book will not dissapoint. It is actually a little collection of several short stories in one book. It a totally different layout from what Grisham usually does. The short stories do no always have the happily ever after ending (if you are familiar with grisham, you know some of his novels do not), however some do. The stories range from the bizare to downright wierd however it works. I would love to see more like this from Grisham. If this is your first experince with Grisham then I suggest you read Ford Country stories first to get a good feel of this author. Then you can read the more than 20 other books he has published.
2 . Nice
Posted March 10, 2011 by Iyke P. Otakpor , Calgary. AB, CanadaThis is the first book I read from John Grisham series. The short short stories were very interesting. I have a feeling that some of the stories could be expanded.
3 . Half a Book
Posted December 21, 2010 by Constant Reader , Upstate NYThe stories are interesting and reasonably well-crafted. However, they constitute about half the book, so if you can purchase it for half-price, that would be a good bargain.
4 . Not up to Par
Posted October 22, 2010 by MomTo3 , CalgaryLove most of John Grisham's stuff, but this one was just awful. Short stories that had no meaning, and provoked no emotion whatsoever in me.
5 . Depressing
Posted October 18, 2010 by Chris , AtlantaAwful. The writing was good, but the subject matter was terrible. I think Grisham is burnt out. I will really think twice for buying any of his books again. I would of liked one light hearted story.
6 . Creative and well written - great read!
Posted September 03, 2010 by JHanna , Toronto, CanadaMr. Grisham has once again demonstrated his breadth of writing talent in this collection of short stories. Each one of the characters is well developed and the stories so well written, with just enough plot to leave you wanting more. I agree with Terry- I hope Mr. Grisham expands on some of these stories- enjoy!
7 . Disappointing
Posted August 28, 2010 by Mike , Baton Rouge, LAI have to disagree with Terry. I've read every one of Grisham's books. This one pales in comparison to his classics. Sorry John ... you could have no bigger fan than I, but this one smacks of meteocrity rather than your normal greatness!
8 . Another reason to stay with my Sony Reader
Posted June 20, 2010 by Terry , Centreville, VATwo plus years with no Grisham on my Reader almost made me give up hope and stick with the real books. I just finished his latest and I'm glad I waited, because it's another excellent read and I'll now hope these short stories will one day become longer ones. Then again letting them age with all his other classics make Grisham a must read. Truly enjoyable, from laughter to tears, each story/chapter will long be remembered, and enjoyed over and over again. Thank you Sony and Mr. Grisham!
August 15, 2010
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