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In 1989, John Grisham published his first novel, A Time to Kill, set in the town of Clanton, in Ford County, Mississippi. Twenty years later, he now brings us his first collection of short stories, returning to that rural corner of the world—a place populated by hucksters and their honest victims, the simple-minded and the shrewd, the rich and the poor. From three good ole boys on a fateful road trip to Memphis to the tale of Stanley Wade, a litigator whose encounter with an old adversary turns violent, the cast of characters in Ford County will keep you enthralled on every page. Brimming with suspense, each of these stories confirms Grisham’s reign as America’s master storyteller.    


The questions and discussion topics that follow are intended to enhance your reading of John Grisham’s Ford County. We hope they will enrich your experience of this captivating collection.

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Grisham, John
Doubleday Books
Short Stories (single author)
General Fiction
Mississippi Social life and customs.
Stories (single author)
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Product details 320 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385532457 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Returning to the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill, longtime bestseller Grisham presents seven short stories about the residents of Ford County, Miss. Each story explores different themes-mourning, revenge, justice, acceptance, evolution-but all flirt with the legal profession, the staple of (former attorney) Grisham's oeuvre. Fans will be excited to settle back into Grisham's world, and these easily digestible stories don't disappoint, despite their brevity. Full of strong characters, simple but resonant plotlines, and charming Southern accents, this collection is solid throughout; though his literary aspirations may seem quaint, Grisham succeeds admirably in his crowd-pleasing craft while avoiding pat endings or oversimplifying (perhaps best exemplified in 'Michael's Room,' which finds a lawyer facing the consequences of successfully defending a doctor against a malpractice suit). As always, Grisham balances his lawyerly preoccupations with a deep respect for his undereducated and overlooked characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Mr. Grisham took seven of his unused plot ideas and turned each of them into a sharp, lean tale free of subplots and padding....His novels sometimes moralize; these short stories don't need to because they transform their agendas into pure, vigorous plot."
"Review" by , "It's a versatile effort as Grisham shows off his literary chops: He can do wry, emotional, funny, serious....Is this great Grisham? No. He plays best in the long game of novel writing. But admire him for accepting a new challenge."
"Synopsis" by , Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. This wholly surprising collection reminds readers once again why Grisham is one of America's favorite storytellers.
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