A Painted House
Until the summer of 1952, 10-year-old Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But during that extraordinary summer, two groups of migrant workers – and two dangerous men – come to work the Chandler’s Arkansas cotton farm. Suddenly, mysteries flood Luke’s world. A murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman catches Luke’s eye. Someone begins secretly painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse. As young Luke carefully observes the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives – and change his family and his town forever.
“A Painted House” is a real glimpse into the life of a family making a living by farming in the 1950’s. This account, as written by John Grisham, paints a vivid picture of the Chandler family and everyone and everything that they encounter. The story is told first hand by Luke Chandler, the youngest on the Chandler farm. As he grows with everything around him, his eyes are opened to things that he never would have known. “A Painted House” is an extraordinary account of the life and hardships of the Chandler family living in the Arkansas Delta.