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A Painted House (2001)

by John Grisham

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"The hill people and the Mexicans arrived on the same day. It was a Wednesday, early in September 1952. The Cardinals were five games behind the Dodgers with three weeks to go, and the season looked hopeless. The cotton, however, was waist-high to my father, over my head, and he and my grandfather could be heard before supper whispering words that were seldom heard. It could be a 'good crop'." Thus begins from author John Grisham, a story inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas. The narrator is a farm boy named Luke Chandler, age seven, who lives in the cotton fields with his parents and grandparents in a little house that's never been painted. The Chandlers farm eighty acres that they rent, not own, and when the cotton is ready they hire a truckload of Mexicans and a family from the Ozarks to help harvest it. For six weeks they pick cotton, battling the heat, the rain, the fatigue, and, sometimes, each other. As the weeks pass Luke sees and hears things no seven-year-old could possibly be prepared for, and finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever. This is a moving story of one boy's journey from innocence to experience.… (more)
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Not a book I would have picked up had it not been written by John Grisham. I thoroughly enjoyed it! ( )
  MustangGuy | Oct 17, 2019 |
He is a master of whatever genre he writes in. Legal thrillers are not my cup of tea and I am grateful that he wrote a literary novel about his childhood for us to read. Enjoyed it and would want to read it again ( )
  sidiki | Jul 7, 2018 |
3.5 stars ( )
  mitabird | Jun 10, 2018 |
Really enjoyed this Grisham book. ( )
  deb115 | Apr 26, 2018 |
This is the story of Luke Chandler he is 7 year old growing up on a cotton farm in Arkansas, the book is set in 1952.
Luke's family hire some Mexicans and Hill people to pick the Harvest.
There is a murder in town that Luke witnesses then a few weeks later one of the Mexicans kill the murderer.
Luke loves Baseball and misses his Uncle Ricky who is in Korea fighting the War.
He also with the help of the labourers starts painting the House they live in.
Times are hard for the Chandlers, its tough work picking Cotton and there is the Weather to think about.
In the end Luke along his Parents decide to move to the City so his Father can get a job in a Car factory.
OK book this. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Apr 17, 2018 |
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For seven-year-old Luke Chandler, 1952 is proving to be a year filled with secrets. Heavily in debt and renting some of the most flood-prone land in Arkansas, his family must do whatever it takes to bring in a good cotton crop this yar. But Luke witnesses things that could threaten his famiy's entire community. A forbidden love affair is brewing between two of the Chandlers' migrant workers. Two brutal murders are committed. A fatherless baby is born. And someone has secretly begun painting the Chandler's dilapidated farmhouse, whose weathered clapboards make Luke's mother look wistfully on the missed opportunities of life. Beautifully evoking an extraordinary time and place, A Painted House has captivated millions of readers. Depicting aspects of family, community, trust, and faith through the eyes of a charming little boy.
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