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ISBN13: 9780385525008
ISBN10: 0385525001
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Publisher Comments:

Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback. Great, says Rick — for which team?

The mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player — any former NFL player — at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers — at least until a better offer comes along — and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma — not even where it is — has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian.

To say that Italy — the land of opera, fine wines, extremely small cars, romance, and Football Americano — holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

Review:

"Third-string Cleveland Browns quarterback Rick Dockery becomes the greatest goat ever by throwing three interceptions in the closing minutes of the AFC championship game. Fleeing vengeful fans, he finds refuge in the grungiest corner of professional football, the Italian National Football League as quarterback of the inept but full-of-heart Parma Panthers. What ensues is a winsome football fable, replete with team bonding and character-building as the underdog Panthers challenge the powerhouse Bergamo Lions for a shot at the Italian Superbowl. The book is also the author's love letter to Italy. Rick is first baffled and then enchanted by all things Italian-tiny cars! opera! benign corruption!-and through him Grisham (The Firm) instructs his readership in the art of gracious living, featuring sumptuous four-hour, umpteen-course meals. The writing sometimes lapses into travel-guide ('most Italian cities are sort of configured around a central square, called a piazza') and food porn ('the veal cutlets are beaten with a small bat, then dipped in eggs, fried in a skillet, and then baked in the oven with a mix of parmigiano cheese and stock until the cheese melts'), but it's invigorated by appealing characters and lively play-by-play. The result is a charming fish-out-of-water story." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"I love sports. I love fiction. But the idea of combining them makes me queasy, like inviting my basketball buddies to meet my in-laws, or drinking Bordeaux with my breakfast cereal. The outcome conceivably could be positive. But more likely not.

In my experience, sports novels nearly always fall into one of several categories, none of them promising. There's the mystery dashed off... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That's exactly what he does, with great success, in his new novel....This is a feel-good story, a tale of maturing and finding your way in the world, but it's not a book of predictable game plays." USA Today

Review:

"Grisham is a storyteller who keeps the narrative flowing at a swift pace. He also has a penchant for humorous dialogue....What could have been a painful exile for a disgraced American quarterback becomes a delightfully unexpected homecoming." Boston Globe

Review:

"[R]eads like part Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, part Mario Batali culinary diary and part Fodor guidebook." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Grisham returns this fall with a comic novel about a one-time American football star who moves to Italy to play for the Parma Panthers, and finds himself entangled in a series of cultural misadventures.

About the Author

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

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Rickveloz, September 10, 2008 (view all comments by Rickveloz)
a good read, a light read, good for a beach day. Definitely not your usual Grisham
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Gaye, April 6, 2008 (view all comments by Gaye)
This is an excellent book for anyone who enjoys food, travel, football, challenges, and/or a really good story. It made me want to pack my bags and head off to Italy (for the food, not the football).
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Diane Jones, February 10, 2008 (view all comments by Diane Jones)
Unbelievably boring with no substance!
If I wanted to read a travel guide about Italy
or sumptious food I would have bought a travel magazine. Mix in macho men and football........
hmmmm???? I have no idea who this book would appeal to!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385525008
Author:
Grisham, John
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sports stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.54x5.64x.94 in. .87 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385525008 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Third-string Cleveland Browns quarterback Rick Dockery becomes the greatest goat ever by throwing three interceptions in the closing minutes of the AFC championship game. Fleeing vengeful fans, he finds refuge in the grungiest corner of professional football, the Italian National Football League as quarterback of the inept but full-of-heart Parma Panthers. What ensues is a winsome football fable, replete with team bonding and character-building as the underdog Panthers challenge the powerhouse Bergamo Lions for a shot at the Italian Superbowl. The book is also the author's love letter to Italy. Rick is first baffled and then enchanted by all things Italian-tiny cars! opera! benign corruption!-and through him Grisham (The Firm) instructs his readership in the art of gracious living, featuring sumptuous four-hour, umpteen-course meals. The writing sometimes lapses into travel-guide ('most Italian cities are sort of configured around a central square, called a piazza') and food porn ('the veal cutlets are beaten with a small bat, then dipped in eggs, fried in a skillet, and then baked in the oven with a mix of parmigiano cheese and stock until the cheese melts'), but it's invigorated by appealing characters and lively play-by-play. The result is a charming fish-out-of-water story." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That's exactly what he does, with great success, in his new novel....This is a feel-good story, a tale of maturing and finding your way in the world, but it's not a book of predictable game plays."
"Review" by , "Grisham is a storyteller who keeps the narrative flowing at a swift pace. He also has a penchant for humorous dialogue....What could have been a painful exile for a disgraced American quarterback becomes a delightfully unexpected homecoming."
"Review" by , "[R]eads like part Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, part Mario Batali culinary diary and part Fodor guidebook."
"Synopsis" by , Grisham returns this fall with a comic novel about a one-time American football star who moves to Italy to play for the Parma Panthers, and finds himself entangled in a series of cultural misadventures.
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