Told in the voice of seven year old Luke Chandler, A Painted House by John Grisham is a fictional story that takes place in rural Arkansas in the Fall of 1952.
I was drawn into this story because, while I do not remember life without a television or a telephone, the Fall of 1952 was just months before I was born.
In rural Arkansas where cotton fields and migrant workers are as common as clouds in the sky, Luke Chandler shares the day to day events of his family’s struggle to get the cotton crop to market. Luke tells his story laced with the innocence and humor of a seven year old boy, as he experiences the harshness of nature, the miracle of babies and the darkness of murder. Secrets are everywhere!
If you are looking for entertainment with a touch of history outside of the ordinary, A Painted House will keep you turning the pages. This is a story you won’t want to end.
Life in Rural Arkansas
Cotton farmers in 1952 were at the mercy of man and nature. One storm from the wrong direction could turn an entire season of farming into total failure. For many farmers it meant increasing debt that would last for years. A farm along with an entire family might be wiped away in a single deluge.
Migrant workers came from surrounding counties every year and parked themselves and their families on a cotton farm while hoping to earn an entire year’s income in one harvest. Sometimes they brought more trouble than they were worth.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Painted House by John Grisham and would love to find a sequel to the adventures of Luke Chandler.
This novel is available in hardback, paperback, audio and was made into a movie with DVD’s still available.
A Painted House by John Grisham (Copyright 2000, 2001)