Great opening paragraph 74… ‘The Last Juror’ #amwriting #FirstPara

John Grisham“After decades of patient mismanagement and loving neglect, The Ford County Times went bankrupt in 1970. The owner and publisher, Miss Emma Caudle, was ninety-three years old and strapped to a bed in a nursing home in Tupelo. The editor, her son Wilson Caudle, was in his seventies and had a plate in his head from the First War. A perfect circle of dark grafted skin covered the plate at the top of his long, sloping forehead, and throughout his adult life he had endured the nickname of Spot. Spot did this. Spot did that. Here, Spot. There, Spot.”
‘The Last Juror’ by John Grisham

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2 thoughts on “Great opening paragraph 74… ‘The Last Juror’ #amwriting #FirstPara

  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt

    It is indeed a great opening paragraph. I’d forgotten how much I like Grisham – will have to get to his books. Did this book hold up to your expectations? Thanks for the reminder about a terrific storyteller.


    1. sandradan1 Post author

      I think I don’t like Grisham and then re-read [or listen to audio] and realize how good he was at plotting. And this one is particularly good at drawing Mississippi in the 70s. SD



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