Bleachers Author:John Grisham High school All-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come home to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who moulded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty. As Coach Rake's 'boys' sit in the b... more »leachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay the old glories, and try to decide once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake or hate him. For Neely Crenshaw, who struggles to come to terms with his explosive relationship with the Coach, his dreams of a great career in the NFL, and the choices he made as a young man, the stakes are especially high.« less
This should be a "guy" book, since it's about football, football players, a football coach, football games, football memories - you get the idea. But as my husband and I listened to it on a trip, I was caught up in the "humanity" of the various characters. John Grisham can turn a phrase, and also tell a story that transcends gender. Surprisingly entertaining.