Sycamore Row.

Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance)

Last week, we finished the audio book of Sycamore Row by John Grisham. We had a free download from the audible app and thought it would be fun to listen to it and help pass the time during our road trip to the Carolinas. The book was 20 hours...and we finished 17 of those hours during our travels! Wowza. The rest we finished during our nightly after-dinner walks.

I of course love John Grisham, and I really loved this book (Andrew did, too). Sycamore Row is a sequel to the famous A Time to Kill. Set in the same town of "Clanton", Mississippi in the late 1980's, Sycamore Row tells the story of a Mr. Seth Hubbard, a local millionaire who writes a holographic will, sends the will to attorney Jake Brigance, asks Jake to handle his estate... and then commits suicide. The book chronicles Brigance's life after the famous Haley trial while uncovering more of the long-running social and racial tensions in the deep south. It paints an exciting story from beginning 'til the very end.

I always love how Grisham develops his characters. It would be great if he would make the tales of Jake Brigance, Lucien Wilbanks, and Harry Rex Vonner in to a nice, long series. ;) I also loved that, now that I live in Mississippi, I can actually picture the places and the people he describes- the slow pace of life, the culture of the people, the rich history, and the fun architecture- he describes it all so, so well.

This was a great summer read..or a read for any time really. I am so excited to read his newest, Gray Mountain when it comes out this fall. I can't wait to see his depiction of a young associate in NYC who moves to a small mountain town to work for legal aid...oh yea!

Do you have a favorite Grisham novel?

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  1. Sup, girl!!! Haven't heard from you in ages, but you could say the same thing about me. Hopefully this means we are both busy lawyering!

    Can you believe I haven't read ANY Grisham novels?!