Sooley - John Grisham


By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2021-04-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 427 Ratings


New York Times bestselling author 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.

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.


  • Not just a basketball story

    By ECGoad
    John Grisham takes the heartbreak of the South Sudan and American college basketball and weaves a heartwarming story. The reader soon appreciates the power of sports to create escape, community and growth. The story is well written, as are all Grisham books. The basketball games are well narrated and give the reader the anticipation of being at a game.
  • Sooley

    By Leese52
    John Grisham never ceases to amaze. This story touch my soul. I hated to see it end. Sequel anytime soon?
  • Heartwarming Story

    By Softball6520
    Great read!
  • Sooley

    By Notes from PKH
    A Great book that was sad and inspiration. One of my favorite John Grisham Books.
  • Excellent read

    By Gillie24
    Loved the characters and plot. One of his finest. Couldn’t lay it down. I’ve enjoyed every one of non-lawyer books. Books just remind you what a talented writer he is all all formats. I enjoy his lawyer books too. Thank you Mr Grisham for the entertainment. Sooley will remain in my mind for some time.
  • Sad

    By Pharrball
    The ending was good but could have been just as good with a reunion instead of a statue unveiling. I loved the book until the death of the beloved main character. I was in shock and dismayed when that scene took place. There is enough death in real life and I do not have to pay 15$ to read the obituaries. Mr. Grissom should write for Gray’s Anatomy.
  • WTFO?

    By tmeyer
    Basketball? Really? How low can one sink????
  • Sooley

    By coop ollie
    This book Sooley is by far one of the best I have read brought tears to my eyes and hope loved the way this young man was given chances and was so humble and caring loved this book
  • 🏀🏀🏀

    By skookumJam
    Best book I’ve read in a long time! Skookum Jam
  • Sooley

    By JPB 9871
    If you love basketball, you’ll love this book. If not, it will be a bit of a slog. The basketball action is described in great detail.