Sooley - John Grisham


By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2021-04-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 804 Ratings


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.


  • Grisham did it again!

    By caren321
    It was a great book! Definitely a page turner. ❤️
  • Boringg

    By alan513894520
    Have read every Grisham book. I’m a big fan. After 289 pages I stopped reading this one out of sheer boredom.
  • Typical Grisham

    By TedSummers
    Excellent and quick read. I enjoyed every word.
  • Sooley

    By Aundy19
    Awful book
  • Just plain excellent

    By Mark-strat
    Loved this book. Not a lawyer novel, but still vintage John Grisham! This book is so well done. I might read it again
  • Why

    By sdcasner
    What a boring story - and why do that at the end - I waited for pages for something to happen - and then that - nope, not his best and certainly a brand dilution
  • Great book until...

    By spd221
    ...the ending! What a disappointment! Still a good read overall.
  • Great story

    By twobeero
    Good story. Not sure that I like the ending though. I’ve had disappointment with some of Grisham’s endings but I’ll take this one and shut up.
  • Excellent

    By Mike H 66
    This was such a good book. You don’t have to know anything about basketball, as myself, to enjoy. I rarely give 5 stars - this one deserved it.
  • I hated it

    By jost process the review
    Stick with what you know John