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A painted house : a novel

Author: John Grisham
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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 that were seldom heard. It could be a 'good crop'." Thus begins from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Bildungsromans
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grisham, John.
Painted house.
New York : Doubleday, 2001
(OCoLC)606545617
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Grisham
ISBN: 038550120X 9780385501200 0375431012 9780375431012 0385501218 9780385501217
OCLC Number: 49559833
Description: 388 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: by John Grisham.
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"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 that were seldom heard. It could be a 'good crop'." Thus begins from author 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. This is a moving story of one boy's journey from innocence to experience.

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