A Painted House

A Painted House

A Novel

eBook - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Dell, 2010.
ISBN: 9780307576040
Characteristics: 1 online resource (465 p.)


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Jan 05, 2021

Although I didn't get this book from the library. I did get a chance to read it. I thought it was well worth the time to read and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
My only comment is that I thought the book kind of left the reader hanging at the end.

Jun 17, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed - a very sweet story told through the eyes of a 7 year old boy.

Nov 08, 2018

There was a lot going on in this book. I don't have a lot to say about it except that the title seems very clever. I don't know if I've ever read a book with the narrator being only 7 years old before this one.

Apr 01, 2018

This is one of the BEST books I've read in a very long time, and I'm an avid reader. I couldn't put it down. The comparisons to Steinbeck are quite accurate, in my opinion (and I'm a huge Steinbeck fan too.)

I'm slowly making my way thru all Grisham's stuff but this is by far the best...

Jul 08, 2017

I had this book on my book shelf for some time now and picked it up 3 times this spring and I finally sat down and read it. What a great book - I should have read it sooner. I would not have guessed that it was written by John Grisham as it was totally different from any of his other books. I thoroughly enjoyed it - as it was told by a 7 year old boy - some parts were hilarious - as it came from a child's perspective. Great read - do not pass up on this book if ou want to get totally engrossed in a different kind of story.

Jun 28, 2017

I also thought this story was much in the vein of J. Steinbeck. I could smell the dirt and feel the rain. Well done.

Jun 17, 2017

Grisham is probably our greatest living author; I am a major fan of his. This story is told from the point of view of a seven year old boy and very well told from that viewpoiint. This is probably my third favorite Grisham novel after number one Calico Joe and number two Playing for Pizza. I like his lawyer tales since being a lawyer, he knows the background, but his non-lawyer stories are his best in my mind and I still very much like A Time to Kill which he could not get published until after The Firm. I am not a baseball fan and could do with a little less baseball bs.

Oct 28, 2015

Beautiful story about courage, perseverance, family ties, and love. Novel setting is in rural Arkansas in the 1950's. The book describes farming life and hardship in the cotton fields at that time. Luke Chandler grows up and develops a greater understanding of life in this book. A good read for anyone who grew up down south or is interested in learning more about this way of life.

Aug 15, 2015

Don't expect court cases and legal drama. A totally different read - reminds me of Grapes of Wrath and the struggles encountered in that era. Good read.

Feb 14, 2013

An excellent family story told through the eyes of a 7-year old boy. The family's lives change abruptly with the arrival of migrant cotton pickers. It was well-written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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