Thursday, January 28, 2021

John Grisham To Release "Sooley", A Novel Set On A Different Kind Of Court

By now, if you are one of his avid readers, you already would have known that John Grisham does not only write stories about the legal court and the key roles and characters that revolve around it. He has also written stories about a different kind of court. He has written a story about football when Bleachers came out first in 2003 and Playing for Pizza in 2007, and about baseball with Calico Joe in 2012.

The author is back in this type of court and arena, but in an entirely different ball game: basketball! The new story John Grisham will be sharing with us is titled Sooley. Its official cover has been revealed to give way for its release in the second quarter of this year!

Check out the official cover of Sooley by John Grisham.

Sooley by John Grisham


New York Times bestselling author John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in his first basketball novel. Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon is a raw, young talent with big hoop dreams…and even bigger challenges off the court.

In the summer of his seventeenth year, Samuel Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime: a trip to the United States with his South Sudanese teammates to play in a showcase basketball tournament. He has never been away from home, nor has he ever been on an airplane. The opportunity to be scouted by dozens of college coaches is a dream come true.

Samuel is an amazing athlete, with speed, quickness, and an astonishing vertical leap. The rest of his game, though, needs work, and the American coaches are less than impressed.

During the tournament, Samuel receives devastating news from home: A civil war is raging across South Sudan, and rebel troops have ran­sacked his village. His father is dead, his sister is missing, and his mother and two younger brothers are in a refugee camp.

Samuel desperately wants to go home, but it’s just not possible. Partly out of sympathy, the coach of North Carolina Central offers him a scholar­ship. Samuel moves to Durham, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season. There is plenty of more mature talent and he isn’t immediately needed.

But Samuel has something no other player has: a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America. He works tirelessly on his game, shooting baskets every morning at dawn by himself in the gym, and soon he’s dominating everyone in practice. With the Central team los­ing and suffering injury after injury, Sooley, as he is nicknamed, is called off the bench. And the legend begins.

But how far can Sooley take his team? And will success allow him to save his family?

Gripping and moving, Sooley showcases John Grisham’s unparalleled storytelling powers in a whole new light. This is Grisham at the top of his game.

Sooley by John Grisham will be released on April 27, 2021.