A Painted House - John Grisham

A Painted House

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2001-02-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 281 Ratings)


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 finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever.

A Painted House is a moving story of one boy's journey from innocence to experience.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.


  • Good story

    By PurpleWigtwister
    I enjoyed going back in time reading this story. I was disappointed at the end… I needed more information! Too many unanswered questions! Looking for a sequel.
  • A riveting tale of life, love, and family bonds!

    By Jacqueline L.
    This book was good, but it hit GREAT on page 322. You’ll have to read the other 321 pages to find out why.
  • Favorite John Grisham novel

    By kade golden
    Excellent story
  • my favorite

    By Camblizzy
    my favorite book ever & it’s not even close
  • A story wonderfully told

    By raekcrae
    I've read this book multiple times just to revisit the characters and their world, however imperfect it is.
  • A Painted House

    By MrsMagoomk
    What a nice surprise! I loved this book!
  • A Painted House

    By Rebelh69
    Wish he would write a follow up to this book.
  • Brilliant

    By BKOCH24
    Best book I've ever read
  • As American as Apple Pie

    By Kunziric
    One of the best Grisham novels I have ever read. Suspenseful, yet touching. Truly, a memorable and satisfying book.
  • Timeless classic

    By TjK117
    I must say I absolutely loved this book. I found it impossible to put it down. It's a great book, I recommend it to anybody who enjoys reading books written by this fantastic writer.