Not the typical John Grisham novel but one of his best.
If you haven't read Grisham because you are not into courtroom drama or mystery, you will have missed out on one of the greatest novels of the 20th century if you don't read "A Painted House"
Grisham did an excellent job of developing his characters as he has done in many of his works, but in this coming of age novel, the characters stay in your mind for years to come.
The plot seems so simple at times that you wonder why it holds your interest, but hold it, it does. Even if you have never lived in the deep south, this novel will give you a true taste of the south in the particular time period.
Even if you have seen the movie, I highly recommend that you read this book and you will find an astonishing story that you will enjoy.
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What's more, tensions begin to simmer between the Mexicans and the hill people, one of whom has a penchant for bare-knuckles brawling. This leads to a brutal murder, which young Luke has the bad luck to witness. At this point--with secrets, lies, and at least one knife fight in the offing--the plot begins to take on that familiar, Grisham-style momentum. Still, such matters ultimately take a back seat in A Painted House to the author's evocation of time and place. This is, after all, the ...