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Gray Mountain
Gray Mountain: John Grisham | John Grisham
One week ago, Samantha Kofer was a third-year associate at New York City's largest law firm. Now she is an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small-town Appalachia. When Lehman Brothers collapsed, she lost her job, her security, her future. As she confronts real clients with real problems, she finds herself a world away from her past life of corporate fat cats and fatter bonuses. This is coal country. Meth country. The law is different here. And standing up for the truth means putting your life on the line. America's greatest storyteller brings us a new masterpiece of legal courage and gripping suspense - and his finest heroine since The Pelican Brief.
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monalyisha The cutest! 1w
batsy Looks exactly like my mum's handwriting ❤️ 1w
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paulareadsallthetime
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Good book!! Enjoyed listening to it at work.

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emilycoc
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It's another case of leave-the-big-firm-for-the-little-guy, but the protagonist was a female and there was more to it than just courtroom drama. A+!

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emilycoc
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This is a re-read (of course) but it has a special place in my heart because it's the last book my grandmother gave me. She was in the hospital at that time and we swapped paperbacks (I don't remember what I was reading). Shortly thereafter, she got her bed in a nursing home. Thanksgiving weekend last year is when we buried her, so I'm going to read it and remember her.

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Librarybelle
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@Cinfhen is kindly hosting a #shelfspacegiveaway . Thank you!

If a winner, I would be interested in shelf 1. ❤️

Cinfhen Best of luck ☘️💕 2y
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Mehso-so

Samantha Kofer, the protagonist, is required to intern for a year with a nonprofit to keep her seniority and health benefits at the prestigious law firm that has just laid her off. After ten rejections due to the recession, she is welcomed in coal country in Brady, Virginia. This shows the reader strip mining, black lung disease and other ugly coal mining realities. It was easy to read but i kept wanting something to happen.

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Panpan

This was an audio book and the reader was great. But I just didn‘t like this book. It came off as preachy instead of relying on the story to carry a message. We got to know the main character, but the other characters weren‘t very developed. The people in the town weren‘t painted in a very good light and they needed rescuing from the big city lawyer. Not my favorite Grisham novel.

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Skeeterisme
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Pickpick

Tame but interesting.

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Leeback
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We get it -- strip mining is bad.

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readingallthetime
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It's been a while since I have read a Grisham book. It's time to tackle my backlog of Kindle books so I decided on this book. I started yesterday afternoon.

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cathysaid
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So much potential, yet completely disappointing. I stopped reading Grisham several years ago because it seemed he peaked with his first four books; however, since this one is set in Appalachia, I gave him another chance. Sadly, his prose is formulaic, plot is predictable, and ploys to appeal to the reader's emotions are transparent. Giving up Grisham for good. 👎👎 #audiobooks #fiction

Cinfhen Nice review, I'm not ready to bail on Grisham entirely- I just stopped shelling out $ for his books! He still deserves a library request ( sometimes) I have not read this novel & I think I'll skip it. 3y
Reagan-reads Skip it! It had promise but failed to deliver on all counts. I loved his early stuff so much that I keep buying. I have hope he will stun us again🙌🏻 3y
cathysaid @Cinfhen It could have been such a good book about coal mining and Appalachia. But I can't help comparing his work to the Pelican Brief and A Time To Kill...nothing new ever measures up! 3y
cathysaid @Reagan-reads Agreed! 3y
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LisaJo
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#photoadaynov16 #threwitacrosstheroom I always enjoy a Grisham book. But, when he killed off a character unexpectedly, at the end of the chapter, in a paragraph with a single sentence, I was not pleased. And, it was a character he had written for us to love. I know books manipulate our feelings, but this was just too much for me.

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Yenya1954
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This story from John Grisham is an author whose stories bring court room drama. Gray Mountain is not my favorite novel of his. I did find all the information about coal industry interesting. This book had some difficulty keeping my attention so it took me weeks to finish reading it. Nevertheless, I really like John Grisham and I will continue to read his novels.

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Lexeegee
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just an "okay" book rather slow and more than a little anticlimactic

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Reagan-reads
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Not my favourite Grisham. I would have liked more time in the courtroom, and I think it's ripe for a sequel. Fingers crossed there is at least one more book that wraps things up.

LisaJo I agree. I was very upset when he killed off one of the characters, in my opinion, right out of the blue. I character really was getting to enjoy. I also thought he might be trying to make it the first of the series. But, now I think he may do that with Rouge Lawyer too. 3y
Reagan-reads @LisaJo Ooh, I liked Rogue Lawyer. That would be good. I would look more fondly on this book of it was the start of a series. And I agree with you, that came completely out of left field. 3y
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Reagan-reads
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I've been having some trouble getting invested in a new book this week. Thankfully, I got this new(ish) Grisham that I somehow had not read yet and am settled in for the night. I love a good legal thriller!

Demanda This book is scary accurate about what it's like to work for a Legal Aid office in a rural area. 3y
Reagan-reads @Demanda that would not surprise me at all. I really liked the premise, and I'd like to read more about it. 3y
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KKimber
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Unfortunately, this was not a winner. I actually stopped reading to look at the cover and verify that John Grisham was the author. The writing felt rushed, and told instead of showed, glossing over entire scenes. The main character didn't seem to give much of a rip about anything.