Playing for Pizza

Playing for Pizza

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By (author) John Grisham

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 176mm x 26mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 21 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099519887
  • ISBN 13: 9780099519881
  • Sales rank: 87,538

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With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick Dockery provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughing stock and, of course, was immediately dropped by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, finds a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback - for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy. Rick reluctantly agrees to play for them - at least until a better offer comes along - and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is), has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian. The land of opera, fine wines, extremely small cars, romance and football americano certainly holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery.

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John Grisham is the author of twenty-two novels, one work of non-fiction, a collection of short stories, and a novel for young readers. He is on the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project in New York and is the Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Innocence Project at the Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi. His website is www.johngrisham.co.uk.

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"Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That's exactly what he does, with great success, in Playing for Pizza." --"USA Today""Enthralling." --"People" "Score another one for Grisham...This is a fish-out-of-water tale that perfectly suits his strengths as a storyteller." --"USA Today""A light-hearted story of football, food and love." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch""Football in Italy? Who knew? Grisham means to have a sweet time with this story of a fallen NFL quarterback. And he does." --"Daily News" (New York)"Delightfully comic...a deeply satisfying story." - -"The Boston Globe""Charming...the author's love letter to Italy." --"Publishers Weekly"