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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Ford County ~ A Book Review

My husband and I are both huge fans of John Grisham's novels.  I have been reading his writings since I was 19 years old.  My husband, on the other hand, got hooked about three years ago when I checked out an audio book from the library for him to listen to when he traveled for work.  Since then we have obtained quite a nice collection of John Grisham books and well, I guess you can  say, we're hooked!
I pre-ordered this book when it first came out and this summer finally had a chance to read it and lets just say, I LOVED IT!   

The book contains 7 short stories:
  • Blood Drive
  • Fetching Raymond
  • Fish Files
  • Casino
  • Michael's Room
  • Quiet Haven
  • Funny Boy
Ford County takes us back to Clanton.  Grisham first introduced us to this southern Mississippi town in his very first novel, A Time To Kill.  This collection of short stories, in my opinion, is one of his greatest works.  Each story is different, yet they seem to be loosely tied together.  Grisham has an amazing talent in that he has the ability to describe the characters in a way that allows you to visualize them and connect with them, as if you have known them your whole life.  And yet he does this without giving the reader too much information about them.  

It is hard to say which short story is my favorite, because I really loved them all.  However, if I had to choose, I would say that Casino would come in at number 1, followed by Fish Flies.  I could almost envision every lawyer, who while reading Fish Flies, jumping out of their chair and plotting how they too could live out this dream of freedom and just getting away from it all.  Casino is a funny story about a man who feels like he has lost everything, but plots and schemes and finds a way to win back what he loves truly loves the most. 

So, I think it is obvious that I highly recommend this book.  This collection of short stories is different than anything else Grisham has written, yet in my opinion, it is one of his greatest. Now, go grab a copy for yourself! 


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