Speaking of John Grisham’s Ford County – the author’s first collection of short stories – I was excited to see Amazon’s exclusive blurb of the book by Pat Conroy.
Conroy raves about the collection, writing:
“Ford County is the best writing that John Grisham has ever done. . . His short stories were a surprise to me. All of them are very good; three of them, I believe, are great. Grisham has always had a rare gift for breaking hearts when he invokes unforgettable images of the broken, hopeless South. Some of the stories are hilarious, and Grisham’s gift of humor has never found a showcase like this.”
The collection includes seven stories. Grisham’s website gives us titillating summaries of each, such as:
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 journey comes to an abrupt end when they make a fateful stop at a Memphis strip club.
Ford County will be released on Nov. 3. In the meantime, check out Grisham’s other works outside of the legal suspense genre.
Reviewer Edward Morris called Grisham’s A Painted House, the 2001 coming-of-age novel, “engrossing.” He wrote: “Unlike many Southern novels, A Painted House is mercifully free of grotesque characters, grown men with baby names, dysfunctional families and racial politics. Grisham’s holiday novel Skipping Christmas is “ultimately a story that warms the heart.”
Doubleday, Grisham’s publisher, offers a “Storyteller” video about Grisham and Ford County: