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Bleachers: A Novel by John Grisham
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Bleachers: A Novel (original 2003; edition 2011)

by John Grisham (Autor)

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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: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‚?Ě 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's Th
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Title:Bleachers: A Novel
Authors:John Grisham (Autor)
Info:Anchor (2011), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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Bleachers by John Grisham (2003)

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This was a one day read, one of those easy little beach books, but it was well done. The plot was very relatable to a large number of the population im sure, even if it doesn't parallel you exactly, you can see some similarities. The characters were all well done and played their roles to a T. There was nothing exactly special about the book, nothing to deserve a four or five star rating, but it was definitely worth a read. ( )
  MrMet | Apr 28, 2023 |
First edition as new
  dgmathis | Mar 15, 2023 |
A great read, short and for the most part a good flow.
Anyone who has ever participated in any group or team activity , whether it be sports, scouts, church, sewing, music, etc..., will appreciate this. ( )
  Rockhead515 | Dec 22, 2022 |
Not one of his best. ( )
  lynngood2 | Dec 4, 2022 |
If you're looking for a book about a bunch of stereotypical "all-American" jocks who peaked in high school then you've definitely come to the right place... I actually feel sorry for the characters in this book. Not because of the loss of their beloved coach but because they're all so stuck in the past that they don't have futures. I think to be 30+ years old and still longing for your high-school glory days is just sad.

Now a few words about Coach Rake...
I firmly believe that he was a horrible, horrible man. He treated everyone in his life poorly especially the football players. He was cold and mean and all of the players admitted to strongly disliking, sometimes even hating him. His poor treatment of his football players even results in severe physical injury and death. He was even fired for it. Yet he was still idolized and called a hero and treated like such. I know if I had a coach that treated me this way, I wouldn't keep playing and definitely wouldn't attend his funeral.... ( )
  nicholthecat | Oct 12, 2022 |
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Mr. Grisham's stories -- even the short, anomalous ones like his last small book, ''Skipping Christmas'' -- generally have more storytelling force than ''Bleachers'' does. His purpose this time seems more reflective than showy, and his love for this sports-related subject matter is palpably real.
 

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John Grishamprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gyllenhak, Ann-SofieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gyllenhak, UlfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuipers, HugoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Ty, and the wonderful kids he played high school football with;
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The road to Rake Field ran beside the school, past the old band hall and the tennis courts, through a tunnel of two perfect rows of red and yellow maples planted and paid for by the boosters, then over a small hill to a lower area covered with enough asphalt for a thousand cars.
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML: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‚?Ě 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's Th

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