Ford County: Stories (Unabridged)
by John Grisham
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In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill. 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. Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape. Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney's wife. Three good ol' boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer. The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It's a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those "seniors" he professes to love. Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated. Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.
Nice Short Stories
I like John Grisham and have read, watched or listened to many of his books. These stories make us think about a lot of issues viewed by fictional people in Ford County, Mississippi. Each story stands on its own and are indeed more literary than suspensful novels like many of his other books. These stories made me think about a lot of important issues of our day. They will make you laugh and cry, however, I like the suspense and drama of a novel so I hoped they would all tie together to make some point, but they do not. They are more about the realities of good and bad people and tend not to surprise us as much as describe the consequences of peoples actions and the many lives that become entangled in the mess.
Loved The Book
I especially liked the book in audio form with John Grisham as the narrator. His southern accent gave the stories just the right flavor to transport you to a small gathering spot in Ford County as you sat with others listening to stories of the community. Even though Grisham may not be a professional narrator he gave the stories just the right low key laid back style that made them much more authentic.
Who is reading this anyway?
I love JG and am excited about this collection of stories, but I can't stand how poorly this guy is reading. It is choppy and unemotional.