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Gray Mountain: A Novel by John Grisham
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Gray Mountain: A Novel (original 2014; edition 2014)

by John Grisham (Author)

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Title:Gray Mountain: A Novel
Authors:John Grisham (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2014), Edition: 1st Edition, 384 pages
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Gray Mountain: A Novel by John Grisham (2014)

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Nice story, not really a "Can't put downer" like some other Grisham works. All in all enjoyable.
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  djstocko | May 9, 2019 |
I liked this book about a lawyer who enters a new world and discovers she can make a difference in people's lives. ( )
  krin5292 | May 8, 2019 |
I was surprised when I started reading the reviews from other Goodreads members. I really enjoyed this book. It reminds me of his earlier works and it held me captive.

Samantha Kofer has just been put on furlough, a euphemism for being fired from a large New York law firm. As part of the package to maintain her benefits, she is required to work for a non-profit for one year, then possibly be reinstated. She heads off to Brady, Virginia to work as an intern for a Legal Aid office. Once there, she meets real clients with real problems and little or no money. Mattie, the woman who runs the clinic, has a nephew Donovan who fights against "Big Coal". His family and home were torn apart years ago due to the coal industry and strip mining. The story really opens your eyes to what is going on in Appalacia. Samantha ends up involved with a case involving Black Lung Disease and looks to Donovan for help. As the story unravels, Samantha begins to realize that she does not want to go back to the high priced, high pace world of corporate law. A very enjoyable read. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
Interesting look into the life of a young lawyer caught in the downsizing due to the recession and her options due to that. She moves to rural VA where she becomes embroiled in the issues surrounding the coal industry: strip mining, black lung, environmental concerns. It wasn't as exciting to me as other Grisham books, so not a favorite. ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
Pretty typical later Grisham.
  franoscar | Dec 30, 2018 |
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Losing her job at New York City's largest law firm in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Samantha becomes an unpaid intern in a small Appalachian community, where she stumbles upon dangerous secrets.
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John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

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"The Great Recession of 2008 left many young professionals out of work. Promising careers were suddenly ended as banks, hedge funds, and law firms engaged in mass lay-offs and brutal belt tightening. Samantha Kofer was a third year associate at Scully & Pershing, New York City's largest law firm. Two weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, she lost her job, her security, and her future. A week later she was working as an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small town Appalachia. There, for the first time in her career, she was confronted with real clients with real problems. She also stumbled across secrets that should have remained buried deep in the mountains forever" --… (more)

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