Calico Joe

John Grisham

CALICO JOE is not like any other John Grisham book I have ever read. It is a story about fathers and sons and forgiveness and letting go of events in the past. My husband is a life long Cubs fan and I pulled him right in with the story of Calico Joe. Paul Tracey gets a call from his father’s current wife. His father Warren is dying. He was an okay pitcher for the New York Mets back when Calico Joe was playing for the Cubs. He was a horrible father and was very abusive to his wife as well as his children. The best days were when Warren was on the road traveling with the Mets.

Paul wrestles with the idea that since his father is dying, maybe it would be the right time to find Joe Castle and get the two of them to meet once again. When Paul was eleven years old, his father did something to CALICO JOE that was horrible, unthinkable and changed Joe’s life forever. The story goes back and forth to when Paul was a child and to now an adult. My heart broke over and over again for Paul and his mom and how disgusting his father treated them. Warren is a very mean man not only to his family but to other players as well. Then when he does that horrible act, it changes the lives of Joe, Paul, and Warren as well. I dare you to read CALICO JOE without getting emotionally invested in all of them. You won’t be able to do it.

Warren is a very jealous man, but especially of CALICO JOE. He can’t stand the fact that his own son is just like the rest of America, worshipping Calico Joe. Warren will never be known as a role model and it doesn’t seem to bother him at all. Your heart will break for Paul and Joe just like mine did so don’t even try to fight it. John Grisham totally hits this heart tugging story out of the park! I hated Warren from the very first pages. How could he not feel any remorse at all for what he had done? You don’t have to love baseball, or even sports to love this wonderful and emotional story. At times, I felt like I was right there at the game, smelling the hot dogs, and cheering every time I heard the crack of the bat!







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