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Ford County
Ford County
Author: John Grisham
In his first collection of short stories, John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, "A Time to Kill." — Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been lo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385532457
ISBN-10: 0385532458
Publication Date: 11/3/2009
Pages: 308
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 143 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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Nightcrawler avatar reviewed Ford County on + 207 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This book is comprised of a series of short stories. My favorites are Casino, Quiet Haven and Funny Boy. Grishams's storytelling is excellent..reminding me why I initially loved his books. Grishan developed his characters quickly yet fully so their actions were understandable. Funny boy is a moving story that captured the uneasiness of the time when people didn't know very much about AIDS, and how they treated people with AIDS. In a normal situation, Emporia and Adrian would not have become friends, and especially would not develop reciprocal feelings of compassion, devotion and loyalty. Yet they did with Emporia letting him live his last days with dignity, something his family would not give him.
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Helpful Score: 6
It was an easy read, but I was a little disappointed in the content. The storylines were pretty shallow.
mamakalama avatar reviewed Ford County on
Helpful Score: 4
the last story is by far the best. maybe if i had read it first i would have liked the others better if that makes sense. the first ones had me ready to quit reading the book. they wernt a typical grisham book to me.
Jollyville avatar reviewed Ford County on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
6 or 7 excellent short stories. A couple really stand out.
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Helpful Score: 2
A handful of stories featuring an ecclectic collection of characters from a rural southern county. Since these are short stories you shouldn't expect real in-depth story-lines. However, if you want a peek into small-town, backwoods America this is a great read. You will find both humor and pathos and realistic characters. I am not generally a big Grisham fan, but I would recommend this book.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER ⢠In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.

Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.

Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.

Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney's wife.

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.

The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It's a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those "seniors" he professes to love.

One of the hazards of litigating against people in a small town is that one day, long after the trial, you will probably come face-to-face with someone you've beaten in a lawsuit. Lawyer Stanley Wade bumps into an old adversary, a man with a long memory, and the encounter becomes a violent ordeal.

Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated. But in Lowtown, the colored section of Clanton, the young man finds a soul mate in his final days.

Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, and always entertaining, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.
MKSbooklady avatar reviewed Ford County on + 945 more book reviews
Several good short stories, with great characters. One of my favorite things about John Grisham are his characters , and there stories are full of them. You will recognize Clanton, Mississippi, the setting from previous books. A great way to spend an afternoon, curled up with a Grisham book.
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Great book - different from his other books!!!
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Charming short stories. Very enjoyable.