A Painted House was the 12th book to be published by the bestselling author and originally came out on February 6, 2001.
This novel was a bit of a departure for Grisham as it was his first novel that wasn’t a legal thriller. Instead, it was inspired from when he grew up in Arkansas and tells the story from the perspective of 7 year old Luke Chandler.
This novel was made into a TV movie two years later featuring Scott Glenn and Robert Sean Leonard.
A Painted House Book Description
Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie.
But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers — and two very dangerous men — came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.
A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion.
A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions.
A fatherless baby is born … and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white.
And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives — and change his family and his town forever….