Painted House

Painted House

A Novel

Large Print - 2001
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Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers -- and two very dangerous men -- came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world.

A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born ... and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives -- and change his family and his town forever....
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House Large Print : 2001
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780375431012
Branch Call Number: LGP FIC Gris
Characteristics: 562p


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Nov 08, 2018

There was a lot going on in this book. I don't have a lot to say about it except that the title seems very clever. I don't know if I've ever read a book with the narrator being only 7 years old before this one.

Apr 01, 2018

This is one of the BEST books I've read in a very long time, and I'm an avid reader. I couldn't put it down. The comparisons to Steinbeck are quite accurate, in my opinion (and I'm a huge Steinbeck fan too.)

I'm slowly making my way thru all Grisham's stuff but this is by far the best...

Jul 08, 2017

I had this book on my book shelf for some time now and picked it up 3 times this spring and I finally sat down and read it. What a great book - I should have read it sooner. I would not have guessed that it was written by John Grisham as it was totally different from any of his other books. I thoroughly enjoyed it - as it was told by a 7 year old boy - some parts were hilarious - as it came from a child's perspective. Great read - do not pass up on this book if ou want to get totally engrossed in a different kind of story.

Jun 28, 2017

I also thought this story was much in the vein of J. Steinbeck. I could smell the dirt and feel the rain. Well done.

Jun 17, 2017

Grisham is probably our greatest living author; I am a major fan of his. This story is told from the point of view of a seven year old boy and very well told from that viewpoiint. This is probably my third favorite Grisham novel after number one Calico Joe and number two Playing for Pizza. I like his lawyer tales since being a lawyer, he knows the background, but his non-lawyer stories are his best in my mind and I still very much like A Time to Kill which he could not get published until after The Firm. I am not a baseball fan and could do with a little less baseball bs.

Oct 28, 2015

Beautiful story about courage, perseverance, family ties, and love. Novel setting is in rural Arkansas in the 1950's. The book describes farming life and hardship in the cotton fields at that time. Luke Chandler grows up and develops a greater understanding of life in this book. A good read for anyone who grew up down south or is interested in learning more about this way of life.

Aug 15, 2015

Don't expect court cases and legal drama. A totally different read - reminds me of Grapes of Wrath and the struggles encountered in that era. Good read.

Feb 14, 2013

An excellent family story told through the eyes of a 7-year old boy. The family's lives change abruptly with the arrival of migrant cotton pickers. It was well-written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

JOHN HUNTER Sep 29, 2012

I would not have thought this was a GRISHAM novel. I realy enjoyed it, particularly the great insights into the picking of cotton after slavery was abolished.

Sep 29, 2012

This is my favorite book of John Grisham, my favorite current American writer. The writing reminds me very much of Steinbeck in its depth of characterization and lyrical imagery.

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