By John Grisham
Till that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means stored a mystery or informed a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, scorching summer time of his 7th 12 months, teams of migrant staff — and very harmful males — got here during the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And all at once mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.
A brutal homicide leaves the city seething in gossip and suspicion. a stunning younger lady ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and an individual has began furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in glowing white. And as younger Luke watches the realm round him, he unravels secrets and techniques which can shatter lives — and alter his relatives and his city forever....
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A Painted House by John Grisham