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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ford County by John Grisham

Ford CountyFord County by John Grisham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I seldom read short stories. However, John Grisham is one of my favorite authors, so I picked up his collection "Ford County." I was not disappointed.  Grisham is a master storyteller both short and long.
Among the seven stories in this collection, "Casino" was my favorite.  It had all of the Mississippi nuances that give strength to the realism of all of these stories. Writers do write best about what they know best.  Sidney dearly loves, or is very used to life with, Stella.  Who would have guessed that he had the skills to get her back?  After enjoying each episode that added up to the climax, I had to smile when the story ended.  It was a satisfying ending.

There is a lot in these stories to keep a book group talking.  Because they are stories rather than a novel, members could read as much as they could in a busy month like December and still take part in the discussion without guilt.  The discussion would certainly be lively.

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