A Painted House

A Painted House

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2001-02-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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Description

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 the new novel from 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.

A Painted House is a moving story of one boy's journey from innocence to experience.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.

Reviews

  • A story wonderfully told

    5
    By raekcrae
    I've read this book multiple times just to revisit the characters and their world, however imperfect it is.
  • A Painted House

    5
    By MrsMagoomk
    What a nice surprise! I loved this book!
  • A Painted House

    5
    By Drunk monkey III
    Wish he would write a follow up to this book.
  • Brilliant

    5
    By BKOCH24
    Best book I've ever read
  • As American as Apple Pie

    5
    By Kunziric
    One of the best Grisham novels I have ever read. Suspenseful, yet touching. Truly, a memorable and satisfying book.
  • Timeless classic

    5
    By TylerK178
    I must say I absolutely loved this book. I found it impossible to put it down. It's a great book, I recommend it to anybody who enjoys reading books written by this fantastic writer.
  • I have read this so many times

    5
    By PaintHorseMom
    I expected that everyone would rave about this book. I read it when it first came out, and it's one of my favorites to read over and over again. The Painted House is extremely well written and unexpected. If you haven't picked up this Grisham, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
  • A painted house

    5
    By Chugaboom
    Was amazing, I hope he rights a sequel to this one, I am hooked to this book
  • A painted house

    4
    By David Obloy
    I have read almost all of your books. I have never been able to put your books down once I started to read. This one is not the usual law and courthouse I know to write, but it was a great read.
  • Somewhat boring . . .

    2
    By Atrast
    Especially compared with other books. For those who enjoy a suspenseful mystery, you may want to pass. For those who enjoy a pleasant story in addition to a murder, you may enjoy it. There are much better stories available. I would not recommend it, however.

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