Bleachers: A Novel (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

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 his life, the stakes are especially high.

Mysteries & Thrillers
John Grisham
hr min
September 9
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

NC Dave ,


A good story. Compact, it moves along. Not a mystery, not the ususal Grisham. Believable fiction about a High School football coach told by former players. Grisham is an excellent reader.

Jim Halpert, will you marry me?? ,

Great story....perfect short read

Love this book. If you are a fan of John Grisham, this book has the quality of his legal novels, but with an All-American character driven story.

Its about Neely Crenshaw who was the best quarterback Messina High School had ever seen. He returns home when he hears the news of his coach's failing health. When he runs into his former teammates, he is forced to deal with what happened the last time he was in Messina.

This story is beautiful. It has the same feel as Varsity Blues or Friday Night Lights, but has more heart. I loved the TV show American Dreams, and this book reminded me of it. Very much a story about growing up and facing past mistakes, set against the backdrop of a town that lives for its football team and its heroes and the greatest season ever. The end had me in tears.

John Grisham reading the book on the audio version is a special treat. Love that southern drawl.

vector21 ,

A nice trip down memory lane

If you played high school football, this book will force you to recall your own life and times on and off the field. I found myself pausing to compare players like Silo and Neely Crenshaw to similar characters on the team I played for in the mid-80's.

Grisham creates a perfect environment with his words and his voice. The play-by-play of the championship game helped build the tension in a perfect way. My only wish was that it would have gone a bit longer - as it's a quick read.

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