Sooley - John Grisham


By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2021-04-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 3,076 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER 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.

“Hard to put down ... the pages turn quickly ... building to a climax that won’t leave readers doubting whether this is a John Grisham novel.” —Associated Press

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.

Don’t miss John Grisham’s new book, THE EXCHANGE: AFTER THE FIRM, coming soon!


  • Love

    By DehSoNice
    Such a heroic story of a boy determined to help his family through basketball.
  • Our friendships and the Journey they take us on.

    By Meford
    The story keeps you interested from beginning to end. It’s about luck and the relationships we build along the way.
  • Different

    By maavan
    Pretty long story that turned a bit boring (not typical for Grisham) with an unexpected ending...
  • Sooley

    By Retlam1
    This story is mesmerizing and agonizing all at once. The angst I felt over the plight of Sooley’s family and his goal in helping them, and at the same time trying trying to navigate a new life in America kept me at the edge of my seat. I am not a sports fan and do not follow any favorite teams, and yet Mr. Grisham introduced me into the seductive world of professional basketball. I could not put the book down until it was finished. Thank you, Mr. Grisham for writing an incredible and unforgettable story. I hope aspiring athletes and agents can glean lessons learned from “having too much fun”.
  • Dooley

    By vachonrp
    A fantastic read, keeping you interested throughout the book. Ups and downs with a unique surprise and a great ending!!
  • Spell binding

    By mcddby
    I could not put the book down.
  • Sooley

    By Cmb338
    I enjoyed the details about basketball and refugee camps. The book provides interesting behind the scenes facts for both areas. Sooley is not his typical legal genre but is used to describe some immigration law facts. The book has ups and downs. Admittedly I was shocked but in the end happy I had chosen to read this book.
  • A Great Read

    By kenalbrin
    This is my first John Grisham book and I enjoyed it. I felt that the ending went against the nature of the titular character some but it only means that the book was enjoyable enough to INVEST in the characters…
  • Amazing

    By Ptvogelzang
    Love this story.
  • Sooley is a winner

    By BMShel
    This engaging story made me laugh out loud, cheer for Sooley, and cry at the tragedy and atrocities. I came to love the characters and wish for their success. As a college basketball fan, I enjoyed the look into that world. As with every Grisham book I’ve read, I could not put it down.