Ford County Stories by John Grisham
Posted by Caitie F on February 23, 2011
Title: Ford County
Author: John Grisham
Hardcover: 272 pages
Year Published: 2009
John Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his immensely popular first novel, A Time to Kill. T
Like most short story collections, some were better than others. There were three stories that I really liked, and only one that I really disliked, so it was a solid collection. There was one story in particular that I LOVED , so I thought I would share a little of what I loved about it.
This story is about a young man who comes back to Mississippi from San Francisco to die from AIDS, and it is set in the 1980s. His family won’t have anything to do with him and the whole town won’t touch him or anything he has touched. The only person who will is an African-American woman who lives with him and takes care of him. She does everything she can to make his last months more comfortable and faces persecution for it herself. Her church – which she has been an active member of for decades, tells her not to bother coming anymore.
It was so sad to read. People thought that they could get the disease if they were in the same house as he was. They had no compassion and were just horrible. It made me happy that people are educated today. That is, until I watched an episode of What Would You Do last week and they had a situation where an actor was wearing a shirt for HIV and another actor didn’t want to sit near him or touch anything he touched. Most people jumped to the infected actors defense…but there was a disturbing amount of people that thought you could get it from someone coughing. Really? Still? At least there were quite a few young people (including teenagers) that called out the misinformed people, but the others were not convinced.
It was the best story in the collection and had so much to think and reflect about. I would say go get this out of your library just for this story.