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Ford County: Stories

by John Grisham

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He always surprises me

I've been one of John Grisham's fans for a long time, and have read the majority of his books; my favorite being A TIME TO KILL (his first). I'm ordinarily so deeply involved in reading the book that I don't even try to anticipate where it might be going, therefore, I'm usually surprised by his twist in the plot. I recently read THE INNOCENT MAN, which was a true story, and I really didn't care for it. That was another surprise for me.Then someone gave me FORD COUNTY (2009). This is a collection of seven of his short stories, each of which is excellent and completely different from the others. The next-to-last story, FUNNY BOY, is a heartbreaker. I really believe John Grisham is one of the very best of our contemporary writers. ( )
1 vote AudrieClifford | Jan 22, 2015 |
This book is a hoot. I've read some of Grisham's novels before. The only thing this collection of short stories has in common with Grisham's other works is that the law or lawyers plays a role in each story. Grisham's creativity and sense of humor are on full display in Ford County. I'm not normally into short stories, but as I finished each story, I couldn't wait to get to the next one. Great airplane reading. ( )
1 vote cmaese | Dec 30, 2014 |
For the most part the stories in FORD COUNTY are enjoyable on some level but there are few with greatly compelling narratives. I read 3/4 of them and have set the rest aside for another time. Time will tell whether I desire to return one day. ( )
  phrenetic.mind | Dec 30, 2014 |
After a busy week, I needed a quick read that didn't get me too hooked and this was perfect. It was also my first experience of Grisham as an author. Sure, I'd sleepwalked through the movie adaptations of his novels, but I'd never felt the urge to pick up any of his books. Suffice to say, after this collection of short stories about small town life I will be.
Be warned though, some of the stories don't make for easy reading: a family visiting their son on death row for the last time, a man ostracised by his family and community for his 'condition', but some will supply the odd wry smile and they're mostly based on revenge.
What Grisham does well is write characters you can empathise with, even if they're unlikeable (take note Sue Townsend ) to the extent that by the end of each story you feel for almost everybody caught in that situation.

This is a great 'weekend/long journey' book, but don't think you'll be able to do 'just' one story at a time. You'll be onto the next on in no time. ( )
1 vote Kate_Ward | Nov 12, 2013 |
I loved these stories of the quirky folks from Clanton, Mississippi in Ford County. I agree with Pat Conroy: "Ford County is the best writing John Grisham has ever done." Each story is unique and the characters and situations were interesting and fun to read. This is a refreshing departure from the usual Grisham books, although those are good too. Dear Mr. Grisham please write more short story collections like this one. ( )
1 vote jwood652 | Sep 28, 2013 |
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The intermittent bursts of genuine thought and originality in “Ford County” show us how good [Grisham] might be if he weren’t so content to coast.
 
Mr. Grisham can give his story an unexpected twist without need of a heavy hand. His novels sometimes moralize; these short stories don’t need to because they transform their agendas into pure, vigorous plot.
 
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Collection of short stories set in the fictional Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill.
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John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, "A Time to Kill," with this wholly surprising collection of stories.

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