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Ford County

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New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill. This riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons embark on a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Bantam (first published November 3rd 2008)
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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
Sumit RK
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
John Grisham has been exploring genres other than legal thrillers and Ford County is on similar lines. A collection of short stories featuring a memorable cast of characters living in Ford County. Each story takes place within Ford County, some in Clanton & in all,a wonderful compilation of stories ; all enlightening, interesting, amusing and sad.
The book contains 7 short stories: Blood Drive, Fetching Raymond, Fish Files, Casino, Michael's Room, Quiet Haven & Funny Boy.
From a bizarre
Dec 24, 2009 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
Jan 01, 2014 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.
Natalie Vellacott
To sum up: Depressing. Grisham should stick to full length novels.

Grisham's first book of short stories set in Ford County.

1. Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.

Grisham seems to have a particular obsession with death row cases. I just concluded The Chamber where he makes a s
Rohit Enghakat
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A collection of seven short stories, I bought it with high expectations. Didn't live up to it. The first one "Blood Drive" is about three people volunteering to go to the city to donate blood to one of the residents of Ford County. This is a funny account of their misadventures. "Fetching Raymond" is about a family of three, a mother and her two sons, visiting their third son in prison. This is somewhat a tragic story including "Michael'sRoom". "Fish Files" is about a down and out lawyer prospec ...more
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 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 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
N. Jr.
Jan 24, 2015 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
May 15, 2011 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
Neil Mudde
Feb 03, 2011 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
Nanette Bulebosh
Feb 04, 2010 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 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of short stories by Grisham, that illustrates the ways of the South. As Grisham is not a series man (save his new Theodore Boone work), there are no recurring characters to tie these tales to (at least to the best of my recollection). Each is masterful in its own way and acts as an excellent stand-alone.

The six stories are well-developed and share nothing in common, other than the county in which they are set. Ford County shows the various forks in the path that a group of peo
Dec 28, 2009 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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S.P. Aruna
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of short stories, each one focused on one or more quirky characters. One of his best writings.
Mar 24, 2010 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 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
David Highton
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories from the county setting of his first novel, all those years ago. Well written, reflective, poignant - a really pleasant read that make you think
May 06, 2012 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
Feb 28, 2011 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.
This was a book of seven shorter stories revolving around the same area, Ford County. I listened to the audio of this book which was narrated by John Grisham and thoroughly enjoyed every story.

The stories are: Blood Drive, Fetching Raymond, Fish Tales, Casino, Michael’s Room, Quiet Haven, Funny Boy.

At this point in my review I wanted to talk about my favourite of the stories but that is impossible because I loved them all. In some there was a bit of humour, but in all there was also a note of sa
*** 3.5 ***

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 state 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 liv
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 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 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 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
3.5 stars

Although it seems like an odd place to start, this was my first real read of John Grisham's work (I read Skipping Christmas years ago). I will definitely be reading more, although I won't lie, I'm kind of disappointed to hear that this is out of the norm for his writing.

As a whole, I really enjoyed this collection. I'm a very big fan of Southern lit, and I felt that Grisham truly portrayed the Deep South with genuine authenticity. The reason why I'd give this collection 3.5 stars is be
Fabiola Castillo Autora
Siete Vidas es una colección de cuentos de Grisham. No soy muy asidua a los cuentos porque prefiero las novelas, sin embargo este libro me gustó mucho. Hay para elegir: dramas, historias divertidas, enternecedoras y mucho suspenso legal. Recomendable al 100%!!!! #sietevidas #Grisham
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
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“But [Stanley Wade] instead removed his glasses and wiped his eyes. They were moist not from fear but from the harsh reality of being confronted by one of his victims. How many others were out there? Why had he chosen to spend his career screwing these people?

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