Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Why John Grisham is giving his latest book away

The Guardian - Tuesday 23 February 2016

The author believes his new book, The Tumor, is the most important of his career – even without the evil corporations, incompetent lawyers and courtroom battles we’ve come to know and love

Author John Grisham

Author John Grisham: has written his latest work to raise awareness of a cancer treatment called focused ultrasound. Photograph: Heathcliff O'Malley/Rex

Name: John Grisham
Age: 61.
Appearance: Successful attorney turned fabulous successful author of legal thrillers.
That’s amazing! Because that’s exactly what he is! I know! I admire consistency above all else, don’t you?
Absolutely. So – has he got a new page-turner out? Set in the south? Powerless little guy or poor black family up against an evil corporation and/or insurance company refusing to pay for the illness/injury/damage they caused? Good battling evil in a courtroom presided over by an agglomeration of human error and prejudice known as “the judge”, who may or may not do the right thing in the end? No.
What? No. That’s out the window.
Explain yourself. This is a 49-page novella called The Tumor.
Uh-oh. It’s about Paul, a man with brain cancer, and Grisham has written it to raise awareness of a new treatment called focused ultrasound. Grisham is on the board of a charitable foundation that believes it is the best hope for future patients.
Is there not even an attractively feisty young woman who interns with the hero for free and leavens proceedings by her mere physical presence? No. But Grisham is giving the work away free.
Really? Yes. He says it’s the most important book of his career.

And Washington Post story

1 comment:

jules older said...

Wow. And good on him.