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Ford County by John Grisham
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Dec 03, 09

really liked it
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Read in November, 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 requisite lawyer gone wrong story is in the book, but Grisham makes the caper-nature of what the guy is doing compelling and interesting enough and the story doesn't overstay its welcome.

The best stories are those that bookend the collection. The first about three guys heading to Memphis to donate blood to a local but who end up getting side tracked by a run in with the law, beer and then a Memphis strip club is wonderfully done and, at times, hysterical funny. The final story about a man with AIDs returning to town for his final days will put a lump in your throat and stay with you long past the final page being turned.

If you've given up on Grisham, you might want to come back for this one.
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