Ford County by John Grisham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
With the buys holiday season, I thought it would be easier for my book club members to read a collection of short stories. I'm not a big John Grisham fan, I've seen the movies based off his books, but have never read one of his books. That being said, when this book first came out, I was interested but just never got around to reading it.
Because of the bad weather on Tuesday, only one person showed up, but we still had a great conversation. Both of us were surprised at how much we enjoyed the book (like me he wasn't a fan of Grisham). Of the seven short stories we both enjoyed:
In this story we meet Bobby Carl Leach, who is one of those slimy business men. He'll do anything to make a buck, including claiming to be of Native American decent so he can open a casino. The star of this story is Sidney, who's wife leaves him (she ends up with Bobby Carl) because he's boring. Sidney finds a way to break the casino and kinda get his wife back.
When a local boy gets hurt and needs blood three other local guys head up to the big city to donate blood. Only there are some problems...one's a drunk who makes them stop continuously to get beer, they don't know which hospital they are heading too, and to top it all off it turns into something along the lines of Three Stooges meets The Hangover but with bumbling country boys.
A mother who is in denial about the fate of her son, Raymond, is on a trip up to prison to see him along with her two other sons. Raymond is on death row and claims he's got a solid case to get off...or so he tells his mother.
While the other three stories are more humorous, this last one is way more serious. This tells the story of a local boy who comes home to die. He has AIDs and it's 1989 in the South. It was a very moving story and I think worth picking up the whole collection.
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