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Bleachers by John Grisham
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Bleachers (original 2003; edition 2007)

by John Grisham

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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? 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
Authors:John Grisham
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Bleachers by John Grisham (2003)

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Neely Crenshaw was a high school All American quarterback for the Messina Spartans and was coached under the legendary Coach Eddie Rake. Fifteen years have gone by since Neely’s glory days and he has returned to Messina to bury Coach Rake. As former football players sit in the bleachers telling stories, they are also waiting for the news to arrive of the Coach’s passing.
This is not a legal thriller but a book about football. It is well-told and fast-paced. A good, quick read. ( )
  Cathie_Dyer | Apr 5, 2024 |
Football players under Coach Eddie Rake return for his death and funeral. Players are finally able to say goodbye and reminisce about their days under the coach.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
(2003)(audio) Very good short novel about a small town's football coach and his teams. The effect of a coach that demanded perfection and the effects on the players' psyches as well as the town's.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
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 |
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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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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? 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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