The Brethren / A Painted House

The Brethren / A Painted House

by John Grisham

THE BRETHREN: The perfect scam: the wrong victim.

They are finetuning a mail scam, and it's starting to really work.

It ensnares the wrong victim, a powerful man on the outside, a man with dangerous friends, and The Brethren's days of quietly marking time are over.A PAINTED HOUSE: The land is as unforgiving as its people.September 1952.

Luke Chandler is a seven-year-old who lives with his family in a small, unpainted house on rented land.

In the next six weeks, the Chandlers and a hired band of hill people and Mexicans must bring in the cotton that is their livelihood and the guarantee of their survival on the land.Soon heat, rain, fatigue, a killing and the unraveling of a family secret threaten to destroy the Chandlers' hopes and will transport Luke abruptly from childhood innocence to experience.(from

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.93
  • Pages: 441
  • Publish Date: 2003 by Arrow
  • Isbn10: 0091896495
  • Isbn13: 9780091896492

What People Think about "The Brethren / A Painted House"

The title resonated with me because of Bob Woodward's effort on the U.S. Supreme Court and, knowing Grisham's legal background, I anticipated a novel involving the Supreme Court. I liked the character of Teddy Maynard, the CIA chief who also appears in The Broker. We cannot dismiss The Brethren as another of his morality plays (some of his novels like The King of Torts and The Rainmaker seem to serve that purpose). I hope these observations have not spoiled the plot for anyone who hasn't yet read this novel. At least, however, I can say that I haven't been so disappointed with a Grisham novel as to be sorry I read it.

However, this isn't a book about Christianity, it's a story about a family and a snapshot in time. While the plot was basically OK it didn't have enough twists and turns to keep me intrigued and the involvement of the CIA, who seem to be able to fix anything as far as the story is concerned, meant there was a lack of tension. With money no object for the CIA the outcome is signalled well in advance, which is the cause of lack of tension in the story.

"The Brethren" is there anything like real justice? When they say dirt poor, like Luke, I didn't think we were, just always a a cash flow problem.

It had all of the elements of a great book: seemingly good plotline (from the back cover synopsis), lovable and endearing characters, and an isolated farmland setting, as well as John Grisham's name on the front of the book (larger than the title in this case- he obviously wanted to conceal all traces of this horrendous books' existence using his overly large name). But then, ladies and gentlemen, we reach the climax of the novel; the ending.

This story was about a 7 year old boy named Luke who lived with his parents and grand parents on a cotton farm.

Wonderful escape.

"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobbywriting his first novel. The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.