Even though this is a John Grisham book it has nothing to do with ambitious lawyers, run away juries, conspiring judges, innocent convicts on death row, or ambulance chasers. It’s about NCAA and NBA basketball.
The title is ‘Sooley’ by John Grisham, fiction published 2021
Samuel Sooleymon 17-year old six foot two(and growing) basketball star want-to-be from his village in South Sudan gets a rare chance to go to the United States with a traveling African team. With the hopes of being chosen by any college offering a basketball scholarship. Shortly after being invited to play for a small Black college in North Carolina he gets word from his African home his village had been raided and burned down and learns his father was killed and his mother and two brothers escape as refugees into a camp outside of South Sudan. None the less, Sooley eventually finds extraordinary success in playing basketball for his small college but not necessarily with a happy ending. However a serious attempt is made to bring Sooley’s family to the United States. A very good fall day read. The book is most compelling and gives a somewhat good understanding of how amateur and professional basketball sports might be organized. A good escape from complicated and convoluted relationships. I liked it. Read it. You’ll like it too.
“Sooley” by John Grisham. Fiction 2021.