A Painted House Author:John Grisham "A Painted House" is a rite of passage novel about a 7 year old boy (Luke Chandler) growing up on an Arkansas cotton farm in 1952 with his parents and grandparents. His uncle is off fighting the war in Korea. — It is the beginning of the two month long picking season and his family hires some hired hands to help pick the cotton. They hire a combi... more »nation of "hill people" (poor whites from up in the Arkansas hills" and Mexicans who are literally trucked into Arkansas in the trailer of a semi like cattle.
Luke learns a lot during this season, including about love, baseball, violence, cruelty, sacrifice, bravery, family pride, television, hard work, floods and failure. If you have worked on a family farm at any time this book will bring back a flood of memories. I was reminded of my grandparents, the massive Sunday meals, putting up hay, shoveling soybeans, riding on the tractor and plenty more. I doubt Mr. Grisham will ever read this, but I'd still like to thank him for refreshing those memories.« less