Calico Joe - John Grisham

Calico Joe

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2012-04-10
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 2,458 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball…

“Grisham knocks it out of the park.”—The Washington Post

It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever.

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  • Calico Joe

    By Jim's iPhone 14 Pro
    An excellent story that takes the reader’s emotion to a high level as Calico Joe succeeds in baseball, and then to a low as he is injured by his “own” father with a baseball to the head. Then as time goes on, and many years pass, his father who apologized infrequently, came back and apologized to Joe before going back to Florida and dying.
  • Calico Joe

    By sundancebrewster
    A story of bad behavior and redemption. East to read and feel empathy for the characters.
  • Great Audio Book

    By Word_Traveler
    Traveling to and from work every day makes for a long undesirable time. In addition to having kids at home that want attention constantly, books are not much of an option. Picking this audio book proved great for hearing the “action” of the book and a chance to see Grisham at work. I would highly recommend this as a quick read. I can’t wait for my oldest baseball child to jump into this so we can talk about the greats spotlighted in the novel and how one individual can impact a sport.
  • Calico Joe

    By Donnie55r
    This was the first John Grisham sports book that I read. I actually enjoyed the read and loved the characters. There were no big surprises as he does in his legal thrillers.
  • Calico Joe

    By Hbacjet
    A very tedious, bitter story filled with statistics, names and dates. Subpar for Grishom.
  • Calico Joe

    By Dizy7
    Grisham is an easy to read author who in his early days had a story to tell but no longer.He just phones it in.
  • great book

    By big mitch0292
    I love John Grishams books especially when he goes in to a sports theme. can't wait for his next sports based book. I have been reading his books since his very first book
  • JG and sports fiction

    By Up late 7/19/13
    Being Jg's third book of sports fiction that I have read, I must say I would just prefer he give up writing everything else. Don't get me wrong, I have read or listened to just about every book he has published, but I get much more enjoyment out of his sports novels, even though they are not as well written.
  • Good read

    By Aubie Fan
    This book was a good read.
  • Calico Joe---in search of closure

    By Near death
    Wow! This is not Grisham at his greatest fast action packed self. It's Grisham at his deadliest. He is so good at details that you keep hoping that this book isn't taking you where you are sure he is going! Unfortunately, what should have been a chapter becomes an entire book? Yes folks this is even deadlier that the game of baseball and golf, and did I mention slower