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A Painted House
A Painted House
Author: John Grisham
The hill people and the Mexicans arrived on the same day. It was a Wednesday, early in September 1952. The Cardinals were five games behind the Dodgers with three weeks to go, and the season looked hopeless. The cotton, however, was waist-high to my father, over my head, and he and my grandfather could be heard before supper whispering words...  more »

Thus begins the new novel from John Grisham, a story inspired by his own childhood in rural Arkansas. The narrator is a farm boy named Luke Chandler, age seven, who lives in the cotton fields with his parents and grandparents in a little house that's never been painted. The Chandlers farm eighty acres that they rent, not own, and when the cotton is ready they hire a truckload of Mexicans and a family from the Ozarks to help harvest it.

For six weeks they pick cotton, battling the heat, the rain, the fatigue, and, sometimes, each other. As the weeks pass Luke sees and hears things no seven-year-old could possibly be prepared for, and finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever.

A Painted House is a moving story of one boy's journey from innocence to experience.
ISBN-13: 9780385501200
ISBN-10: 038550120X
Publication Date: 2/6/2001
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 480 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 27
I was not a fan of this book although I know many people that have enjoyed it. I sincerely hope it finds a home with someone who will appreciate it more than I did. It is slower moving than most of Grisham's novels.
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Helpful Score: 4
Honestly, I could not wait for this book to end. It was SOOOOOOO slow from start to finish. BORING is the only way to describe it... I would not recommend. I'm a big Grisham fan and admire him for trying to depart from the legal stories but this just didn't work for me.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed reading this John Grisham. Loads of surprises and it's told from the point of view of a 7 year old boy. Different and enjoyable.
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Helpful Score: 3
I found this book to be a very great read. the details of every thought was well established and easy to catch on to. Grisham's expression of his life as a child and the way things were in that time was wonderful.
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Helpful Score: 2
Second time I've read this. This time my 14 year-old and I read it together. Good read. Sure am glad I don't have to pick cotton in the south!
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An excellent tale with unforgettable characters. Although it is not related to crime or law, an excellent writing I couldn't put down.
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Very interesting. I love John Grisham and this was out of the norm from the types of books I read by him but I liked it.
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Being from the city my entire life, I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its insight into life on a farm in the country through the eyes of a young boy. That it was set in a period back in history was even more intriguing. Anything but idyllic, A Painted House is brutally real as it tells the story of a poor farming family and how their fate is tied to the land and weather.