Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Wednesday Book Review - Sooley by John Grisham

 Sooley by John Grisham is not his normal lawyer thriller. This is about a young man from Sudan, who by the grace of his height and basketball skills is able to come to America and play ball. Meanwhile, his family is under siege in the ongoing tribal wars in  Sudan. 

John Grisham writes this novel as if it is non-fiction. Your heart is torn at every turn of "Sooley's" life. Alternate chapters follow his mother from refugee camp to refugee camp after the family is victimized in a vicious attack from the guerillas marauding the countryside. 

From real life headlines  to the fiction pages,  Grisham has the reader turning pages. Will Sooley succeed as a college player and will the team make playoffs? Is he worthy of  turning pro?  Can he get his mother and siblings  out of the Sudanese horror and to America for immigrant status?

This book makes you think and there's quite a twist near the end. Oh my heart!

You don't have to love basketball to love the characters in this book. Well done and a  compelling read. 

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