January Book Club Selection: The Confession by John Grisham
Happy New Year!
I’ve been neglecting Tumblr for the past few weeks because of the holidays, and once I get out of the habit of doing something, it’s a little hard for me to get back in to it. My bad!
I still plan on giving you my 10 Favorite Reads in 2011, my final thoughts on my 2011 GoodReads Challenge, and some insight on my reading list for 2012.
But for now, I’d like to talk about my book club’s January Literary Selection.
I’m very excited about this read because it’s my first John Grisham novel, and because of the story line is about race and the justice sytem. Im pretty sure this will lead to a wonderful discussion.
For every innocent man sent to prison, there is a guilty one left on the outside. He doesn’t understand how the police and prosecutors got the wrong man, and he certainly doesn’t care. He just can’t believe his good luck. Time passes and he realizes that the mistake will not be corrected: the authorities believe in their case and are determined to get a conviction. He may even watch the trial of the person wrongly accused of his crime. He is relieved when the verdict is guilty. He laughs when the police and prosecutors congratulate themselves. He is content to allow an innocent person to go to prison, to serve hard time, even to be executed.
Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.
Now nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess.
But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?
Our signature drink for the month is the Dead Little Green Frog. I’ll be hosting for the month, which means I’m providing the drink, along with a delicious Pound Cake with strawberries and whipped cream.
I plan on starting this novel sometime next week. It’s a thick one!