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A Painted House: A Novel

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A Painted House: A Novel

For seven-year-old Luke Chandler, 1952 is proving to be a year filled with secrets. Heavily in debt and renting some of the most flood-prone land in Arkansas, his family must do whatever it takes to bring in a good cotton crop this year. But Luke witnesses things that could threaten his family's entire community. A forbidden love affair is brewing between two of the Chandlers' migrant workers. Two brutal murders are committed. A fatherless baby is born. And someone has secretly begun painting the Chandlers' dilapidated farmhouse, whose weathered clapboards make Luke's mother look wistfully on the missed opportunities of life.

Beautifully evoking an extraordinary time and place, A Painted House has captivated millions of readers. Depicting aspects of family, community, trust, and faith through the eyes of a charming little boy, the book makes a memorable choice for reading groups. The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your reading of John Grisham's A Painted House. We hope they will enrich your experience of this enduring novel.

A Painted House: A Novel
by John Grisham

  • Publication Date: February 3, 2004
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delta
  • ISBN-10: 0385337930
  • ISBN-13: 9780385337939