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Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
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Jun 04, 2012

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Read on June 04, 2012

Light-hearted and fun, this departure from Grisham's usual legal thrillers is a nice break and the shift in genres seems to have energized his writing to a degree. It moves along at a zippy pace and clearly has a lot of affection for Italy and football both.

Most of the characters are a little thin; even the lead of the tale Rick isn't the deepest of character sketches. But there's something in the scenario that draws you in to Rick's tale and gets you rooting for him. Rick's the athlete who just wasn't quite good enough to make it, but had just enough to hang around, and loved to play enough (or believed in himself a little too much, or deluded himself just enough) to keep going for just one more year. That's a guy you can understand pretty easily and he's worth rooting for.

The descriptions of Parma make you want to go there immediately and spend a month floating around the cafes & restaurants, indulging in 3-4 hour meals, and hoping to capture a glimpse of the zest for life shown here. Yes, please!

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