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A Painted House [Paperback]

John Grisham
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Feb. 3 2004
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....


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Ever since he published The Firm in 1991, John Grisham has remained the undisputed champ of the legal thriller. With A Painted House, however, he strikes out in a new direction. As the author is quick to note, this novel includes "not a single lawyer, dead or alive," and readers will search in vain for the kind of lowlife machinations that have been his stock-in-trade. Instead, Grisham has delivered a quieter, more contemplative story, set in rural Arkansas in 1952. It's harvest time on the Chandler farm, and the family has hired a crew of migrant Mexicans and "hill people" to pick 80 acres of cotton. A certain camaraderie pervades this bucolic dream team. But it's backbreaking work, particularly for the 7-year-old narrator, Luke: "I would pick cotton, tearing the fluffy bolls from the stalks at a steady pace, stuffing them into the heavy sack, afraid to look down the row and be reminded of how endless it was, afraid to slow down because someone would notice."

What's more, tensions begin to simmer between the Mexicans and the hill people, one of whom has a penchant for bare-knuckles brawling. This leads to a brutal murder, which young Luke has the bad luck to witness. At this point--with secrets, lies, and at least one knife fight in the offing--the plot begins to take on that familiar, Grisham-style momentum. Still, such matters ultimately take a back seat in A Painted House to the author's evocation of time and place. This is, after all, the scene of his boyhood, and Grisham waxes nostalgic without ever succumbing to deep-fried sentimentality. Meanwhile, his account of Luke's Baptist upbringing occasions some sly (and telling) humor:

I'd been taught in Sunday school from the day I could walk that lying would send you straight to hell. No detours. No second chances. Straight into the fiery pit, where Satan was waiting with the likes of Hitler and Judas Iscariot and General Grant. Thou shalt not bear false witness, which, of course, didn't sound exactly like a strict prohibition against lying, but that was the way the Baptists interpreted it.
Whether Grisham will continue along these lines, or revert to the judicial shark tank for his next book, is anybody's guess. But A Painted House suggests that he's perfectly capable of telling an involving story with nary a subpoena in sight. --James Marcus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Grisham fans will not despair as they discover that this finely wrought tale includes no lawyers. Instead, the author presents an evocation of the life of a young boy growing up on a Southern farm in hard times during the fall 1952 cotton-picking season. Lansbury, an actor of stage and screens, both big and small, brings a sweet innocence to the voice of narrator, Luke Chandler. Luke, a curious, even nosy seven-year-old, witnesses a series of events that range from the dramatic to the profoundly disturbing including a birth, a flood and a couple of killings. Lansbury gives each character his or her own distinctive voice: low and gruff for Luke's grandfather, Pappy; tough and huffy for troublesome Hank, one of the "hill people" the Chandlers hire to help pick the cotton; soft and gentle for Luke's mother. The range of voices helps listeners as he enacts dialogue; but when switching between dialogue and his narration as Luke, Lansbury's performance is far less smooth. Still, Lansbury's is an effective reading of a provocative novel that will please and surprise Grisham's many fans. Simultaneous release with the Doubleday hardcover (Forecasts, Jan. 22).

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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring April 17 2013
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Boring! I can easily read a book in a day and a half. It took me weeks to finish this book.
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Luke Chandler, the protagonist/narrator, comes across an adult in a seven year old's skin. The dialogue is forced and at times beyond credulity. Luke chats up everyone as though they are his equal and has more world-wisdom than people three times his age.
The weather as a plot device gets a little thin. Winds, rain, extreme heat...oh, wait! We haven't had a tornado yet this season, so let's throw in TWO tornados. Then rainstorms and flooding that last for days. All of which would be somewhat more believable were it not that all this happens in less than six weeks. The book leaves you wondering why anyone would attempt to farm in Arkansas, as God surely has the entire state in his crosshairs.
Real farming is more tedious and less adventurous.
If you like extreme weather punctuated with brief episodes of multi-racial violence, this novel is for you...up until the last forty pages or so when it gets slower and slower and finally just runs out of steam at the end.
And don't worry about the multi-racial violence part. The only people who get killed in this book are the standard Southern White Guys Who Had It Comin'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paint your own house first May 26 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A PAINTED HOUSE was good if you enjoy reading about farm life, and people living with their in-laws and working hard. I did have a problem with the main character. We have a 7 year old boy who should have been about 12 or 13. I have never met a 7 year old with such maturity. He is even interested in teenage girls. The boy worried about everything under the sun and could keep secrets better than a priest. If you can get past the fact, that the boy is too young, and you enjoy a good story about farm life in the south, this one is for you. But I do have to say that I did read one other book with a seven-year-old in it, and that was a little more believable since the child had something like Asperberger's or DID, or some such syndrome where children are more intelligent than they should be at that age (BARK OF THE DOGWOOD-very funny and moving). So don't get too hung up on the kid's age. Painted House is a very well-told tale by one of America's most-loved authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying Rural Tale July 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm not a fan of Grisham's regular pop thriller schmaltz, so I was reluctant to pick up this one, even though assured that it's a new direction for him. Well, I'm convinced. Grisham can write. He can put together dialogue and local color that's not in a Chicago courthouse, and he can pace a slow story with an evolving plot. "A Painted House" is sort of a Steinbeck tale, following a rural Arkansas farm family for a few months in 1952 as they pick their cotton crop, endure the elements, and move among their neighbors and hired hands. It's a nice story, dark and sometimes forbidding, but always inviting. Seven year-old Luke's yearning for matinee cowboy movies and a red Cardinals baseball jacket ring true and bring a smile. Grisham's attention to detail, the small-town gossip, the back-lot garden, the annual ballgame, all create a deep and satisfying rural tale. It's not real Steinbeck, but it's not bad, and it's a huge step up for Grisham.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ending seemed too abrupt and incomplete. July 9 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was into the book and enjoying the way the story was being told. Unfortunately, the loose ends never got "tied up." I thought the author could have given us some insight as to what happened to several of the main characters. Is a sequel planned??
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4.0 out of 5 stars positive Dec 8 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book arrived in great shape....however the only negative thing is that it took so long.
It took just about a month to get here. I know it's Christmas, but that seemed long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it Feb. 6 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is life changing. I read it a year ago, and I still can't stop thinking about the characters or the wonderful storyline itself. As a young woman, I seriously went from wanting a house in the suburbs to yearning for a farm house in the remote country after reading this. This novel is full of family values that our society is lacking today. The only other book that made me "yearn" for someplace else was "Bark of the Dogwood" with its colorful characters and descriptions of the South. I also loved experiencing this story throughout the eyes of a little boy, which I found refreshing. If you are due for a visit to the past then this book is your ticket there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming coming of age tale July 8 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a charming, non-offensive tale of coming of age in Arkansas during the 1950s. Luke is the main character in this Grisham novel that is like no other he has written. If you're a fan of The Firm and King of Torts, look the other way. This is Southern writing that is atmospheric and well thought out--not some suspenseful car-chase thriller. Told from the perspective of a seven year old, I was reminded of The Bark of the Dogwood or possibly some of Capote's early works. But the similarities end there, for this is still Grisham's voice and no one elses. This is an easy read and pretty much accessible to all ages.
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