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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (38,772 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: David Lansbury Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 the new novel from 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 he finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jonita | 2/15/2014

    " This book made me think of John Steinbeck's GRAPES OF WRATH. In places it became too heartbreaking to read. Very good writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard Edwards | 2/11/2014

    " The struggles of a cotton farm in Arkansas told through the eyes of a seven year old. It is a poignant picture of the struggles of the rural poor. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It is a departure from the legal stories that John Grisham tells, but it is well written and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Zarinah | 2/5/2014

    " ok so i found this book in my garage and gave it a go and I will say its one slow but interesting country book. I like the word "sod buster" any ways I have read several of John G books so I know the man can write and so the story had its way of growing on me and had it comical and suspenseful interludes. Its all from the point of view of a very intelligent 7 year old boy. You should find this book likable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by R.L. Anderson | 1/29/2014

    " A great story about life in the rural south in the 1950s, all told through the eyes of a young boy, which made it a truly unique read. Having an interest in farming and everything rural, I really liked the rural setting. As with all of Grisham's books that I've read so far, this was one I didn't want to put down till the very end. My only criticism was the end, which seems to leave a lot of loose ends. No real closure. It seemed to me that it ended too soon, and perhaps a sequel is in order. Otherwise a great story and one I would recommend very highly. "

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