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  • Published: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407098142
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480
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A Painted House




John Grisham's bestselling backlist repackaged with fantastic new covers

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 two weeks to go, and the season looked hopeless. The cotton, however, was waist high to my father, almost 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.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407098142
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the Author

John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of thirty-five bestselling novels, the international number one non-fiction debut The Innocent Man and a series of short stories entitled Ford County. He lives with his family in Virginia and Mississippi.

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Praise for A Painted House

“His best work”

The Times

“A beguiling and gracefully constructed novel”

Sunday Times

“Chararacters no reader will forget. and a drop-dead evocation of a time and a place that mark this novel as a classic”

Publishers Weekly


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