- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1200 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 038553714X
- Publisher: Doubleday (Oct. 21 2014)
- Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JYWUHO4
John Grisham has a new hero . . . and she’s full of surprises
The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.
In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.
Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.
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I will have to admit that I almost stopped reading Gray Mountain a few times, but I'm glad I stuck to it because really is a good book. John Grisham is a wonderful writer so Gray Mountain is a pleasure to read in that regard. I really liked the subject which is surface or mountain top removal mining in the Appalachians. I learned a lot and it was all very fascinating. I love the Appalachians and I was appalled at what I read about surface mining.
The story is very good. Young attorney Samantha Kofer is downsized from her prominent New York City firm in 2008 after the crash. She works for free at a legal aid clinic in a small town in the Virginia Appalachians. She quickly becomes involved then impassioned about the local issues related to the health issues and environmental issues caused by surface mining.
Good book. Everyone should know about what has been going on in the Appalachians. Loved the ending.