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Ford County: Stories

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


New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to KillThis riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older
ebook, 210 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Bantam (first published November 3rd 2008)
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Dec 24, 2009 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so bad I couldn't finish it. I normally have enjoyed every other Grisham book and can depend on them for good light entertainment and occasionally a very well done, enlightening story. Ford County must have been written because Grisham had a commitmment with his publisher to churn something out. The book is a series of seven short stories abouth life in Ford County, Mississippi the scene of an early Grisham novel. I went through the first two stories and wondered; why did he bother ...more
A sporadic and eclectic mix of dark and miserable storytelling, made all the better for me as it was narrated by Mr Grisham himself. A shadow was cast over every thought. This town of Clanton seems just horrible. A mix of disparate and dark characters with storylines combined. My favourite without a doubt was the last story of the lovely man suffering from HIV, and the selfless lady who cared for him. It was a short story collection where there was not necessarily a clear ending - and I think th ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads, 2014
As most reader's know, Grisham is the master of the legal thriller. Surprise, surprise! He is also a very talented storyteller! What a delight this collection of short stories was.

He takes us to Ford County, Mississippi where we are introduced to quite a collection of characters. Some rather dull and normal, others quirky and pretty extreme all of them with an odd story to share. His words flow and paint the picture of these folks as they struggle with whatever curveball life has thrown them.
At the end of this collection of stories, the reader is left with a deep, unsettling ambivalence. On the one hand, Grisham wields a sense of place and of language with a confidence that’s hard to beat. He places his characters in memorable, finely wrought settings, he gives them richly evoked material to work with, he writes dialogue that has the ring of truth to it. And then he observes those characters, as they move, live, and (mostly) suffer, with a chilly, anthropological detachment and emot ...more
Nov 14, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
John Grisham heads back to his literary roots of Ford County. For those of you who don't recall (or didn't read the dust jacket), Ford County is the setting for his first (and possibly best) book "A Time to Kill."

After a disappointing legal thriller for his last new book, it's nice to see Grisham get back to the business of storytelling again with this collection of short stories.

Grisham pushes his boundaries as a writer, offering up stories that offer humor, pathos and character building. The r
Ruth Turner

Ford County is a book of seven short stories, some better than others.

Although nothing very much happens in any of them, it was still an enjoyable read.

Jul 21, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I picked Ford County up to listen to as I was traveling to a conference. Interestingly enough, I have not read any other John Grisham novels, but this appealed to me because it consisted of short stories. I like listening to short stories because you can listen for short blocks of time and take a rest without forgetting necessary details to keep you in the plot (as with listening to a novel).

Ford County consists of seven short stories set in and around Clanton, Mississippi. The stories are rathe
Neil Mudde
Feb 03, 2011 Neil Mudde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute delight to read, I am not usually a short story reader, and was surprised this was, off course having read all Grisham's earlier and som sensational work, I was not sure if I was going to read it, glad I did.
He was able to take me to Ford County and give me a glimpse of what the people are like, as in every situation he portrays only a specific kind of family or person. I do not want to get into the story detail and by doing so spoil it for those people who are intending to read this
May 15, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Did you ever read a book about an area and decide that you might want to go and visit or perhaps retire in that area? John Grisham's Ford County, a collection of stories, had the reverse effect on me. I don't ever want to even get close to that geographical area. Why? It appears that Ford County, if Grisham's works here are any indication, is the capitol of Deep, Dark, Depression, U.S.A. The people in these stories are all so sad and their situations are so dark that on would need the light from ...more
Nanette Bulebosh
Feb 04, 2010 Nanette Bulebosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. He makes the people he writes about in Mississippi so believable. Several weeks after reading it, I am still thinking of some of the portraits he gives us:

- the impoverished mother and her two grown sons traveling to the state prison for the third son's execution for murder. She's in a wheelchair strapped to the floor of a van they had to borrow from the older son's boss. The family's last meeting before the prisoner enters the gas chamber is quite poignant. This is the most tragic st
Mar 24, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved short stories and most of the time wish many novels would have been handled as such, but THEY JUST DON'T MAKE MONEY for the publishing houses so unless your name is John Grisham, the editors and agents will take a good short story and S T R E T C H it out until it is novel length.

So it was fun to read these 6 stories. You are able to get such a glimpse into small town Mississippi life through the eyes of vastly different charachters in such a short time. Ultimately these sto
Tom Mueller
Nov 08, 2009 Tom Mueller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-lit
Back to what I think of as Grisham's roots; Ford County, MS. This is where it all started, with _A Time to Kill_. The tragic humor in some of these stories reminds me of favorite authors, Larry Brown and Harry Crews.

Especially moving is Grisham's short story "Funny Boy", the poignant end of life story of a young man estranged from his moneyed Southern family. Having been ostracized by his entire town (on his return from San Fran), he is sent by his family to live the rest of his l
Dec 28, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Michael by: Saw the book on a list
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May 06, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Price - Short Stories: Ford County by John Grisham

"Ford County," is collection of seven short stories set in a small Mississippi town. They're written about the fictional Southern town of Clanton, population 10,000. The stories move steadily along. The first “Blood Drive” is about three young guys that set out to donate blood for and man injured in a construction accident, misfortune follows them on their journey. The second story is “Fetching Raymond” about two brothers who go to a nearby
N. Jr.
Jan 24, 2015 N. Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a rabid Grisham fan, you might want to think twice before picking up this book.It's a far cry from many of his other books. A legal thriller it is not. Despite his reputation as a "pop" author, this man knows how to tell a tale.

As a writer myself I understand the challenges of composing a short story. Here is a collection of them, all set in rural Mississippi, and everyone's a gem. I've marked it for re-reading, that's how much I enjoyed them.

There's nothing profound here, just the sim
Feb 28, 2011 Wonderkell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this. Grisham creates really fabulous characters & worlds & this is what this book showcases. If you have read Grisham's 'The Painted House' & any of his Ford County books & liked them, then you will like this. Its like a combination of those books, but in a short story format so its just great for when you need a quick & absorbing read. Really recommend it, especially the very last story about a young white gay man who comes home to Clanton to die - beautiful.
So I'm doing this BookRiot Read Harder challenge this year where they have a list of 24 different kinds of books/genres. You're supposed to read at least one of each. I'm hoping to branch out on my reading a bit this year by discovering some books or genres that I would not normally go for. Read a collection of short stories was one of the tasks, so hence this book.

I enjoyed it - but primarily because I love Grisham's style of storytelling. The stories in themselves are not much to rave about.
Jan 28, 2010 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally like Grisham and I did like his writing style in this book. My complaint is that the characters were all stereotypical red-necks. Yes, Clanton, Mississippi is rural, but not everyone living there is prejudiced, immoral, lazy, or scheming. For example, one story was about a gay man who returns to Clanton to die of AIDS in 1989. He is shunned by his wealthy family (and everyone else) and must live in the black section of town with a spinster who stands to inherit her house from the man' ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really good and I'm straddling the fence on whether to give it four or five stars. I'll give it five I guess. This is a collection of short fictional (I think) stories set in Ford County, Mississippi. John Grisham, obviously, is a tremendous writer. One of the things that he can pull off that few writers can is to do a pretty good job of developing characters in the short space that constitutes a short story. I also love that John Grisham narrates his own audiobooks. That way, you know ...more
Nov 22, 2009 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very rarely do I begin a book and am not able to trudge through it. I expected so much of this book because I am a huge John Grisham fan, from his legal thrillers to his fictional books and even his non-fiction. This book fell so flat for me, however, that I couldn't even finish it.

I supposed that when I hear a book is full of southern short stories, I immediately begin to compare it to Eudora Welty or Flannery O'Connor. Their stories always had a finality to them, a twist in some, and just mad
Feb 10, 2017 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great collection of fun to read short stories. A very fun read!
Sep 28, 2015 Gabe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of relatively short stories with one thing in common, other than the fact are all written by the same author, they are all happening in or around the so called Ford County in Mississippi state, with the presence of Memphis - across the sate line - that becomes more than once a reference in those stories.

It's clear that the author has a native affinity for those Ford County folks, for those places and he is also quite familiar with Memphis city. Since I myself lived in Memphi
Alex Markman
Jun 14, 2012 Alex Markman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Grisham's Wonderful Sense of Humour

Distinct features of Grisham’s novels are intrigues, struggle for justice and tough moral dilemmas for his characters. This kind of plot usually does not leave space for humour. Rather, it could be even detrimental to the main idea of it, distracting the reader’s attention and diluting suspense with unnecessary components. There is one of Grisham’s short stories though, that accommodates both suspense and humour: Quiet Heaven.
The very title is sarcastic,
Thom Swennes
Dec 04, 2011 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of seven independent short stories depicting a variety of different characters from Ford County, Mississippi. These characters are vividly brought to life and the humid air of the Deep South can almost be felt. Some of these stories show a subtle humor even when the plot is everything but. The language reminds me of Bill Bryson’s romp through a strange country. I can almost taste the grits and black-eyed peas.
The seven stories offer a rare and unique glimpse in a rural life
Mike The Situation
Great book! After the first chapter, i was hooked. This book isn't just one story, it is a compilation of stories, all of them taking place in Ford County. The book was written in an interesting and different way. At first I didn't like the way the book was written, however as the book went on I began to like it.
The book was not about just one topic, each chapter was a different story with different characters, but the same setting, Ford County. He is able to introduce the reader to the situati
Nov 12, 2009 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a change of pace for me with Grisham as the book consists of a bunch of short stories. I prefer his normal style, but this was ok.
1) Blood Drive - Nothing special. I would have liked to find out what happened to the third person of the group, and I wish it would have focused more on a resolution with leaving the wallet on the driveway. I felt it was all over the place (1 Star)

2) Fetching Raymond - This one was pretty good. The conversation between the mother and her sons during the driv
June Ahern
Aug 05, 2010 June Ahern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed John Grisham's books for years and this is one , "Ford County" with it's several short stories is no exception. Once again Mr. Grisham's use of language has entertained me again. This book is different from the author's usual complete novels, but each story has a conflict, a lesson (of sorts) and a resolution or satisfying ending.

"Blood Drive" with it's three Ford County young men who embark on a trip to Memphis to donate blood to a fellow FC who had an accident is very funny. "C
Nov 18, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The first story to anyone. The rest I would suggest you ignore.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Grisham's work.
This is a collection of seven short stories from the ridiculous to most poignant, all set in rural Mississippi. The first story, Blood Drive, is in the finest tradition of Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou? Three casual acquaintances rush off in all directions to get to Memphis to donate blood for another young citizen who may have been hurt or even killed in an industrial accident. One is not seen again for a year after last being seen having unseen persons shooting at him in a parking lot.

Although s
James Korsmo
In this fascinating collection of short stories, Grisham shows his characteristic flare for interesting characters and situations, as well as his ability to turn a plot on a legal storyline. The seven stories in this collection demonstrate a nice variety of characters and plot, some having tinges of a more traditional Grisham legal thriller and some having no legal theme at all. They are all held together, though, by their setting in Ford County, Mississippi, which readers will recall from books ...more
A collection of short stories taking place in Ford County, Mississipi. Each story centers around locals and their mundane lives and wishes, and the little spins, still all ordinary, to their mundane lives. They're all gripping in their own ways, gritty and realistic and beautifully pictured. Emotions, actions, happenings, all rings realistic and believable and relatable.

The story that touched me the most was the last one, a tale of a young white gay man sick with AIDS, housed in an elderly blac
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