Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Synopsis: Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man who is dying of lung cancer. He is not close with his children and trusts no one. He commits suicide and leaves a newly constructed hand written will in the mailbox of a prominate lawyer, fully knowing how much confusion he is causing for everyone left trying to fit the pieces of Seth’s life back together.

Review: I listened to this book on audio while driving back and fourth from PEI to Nova Scotia (3 and a half hours). It took a few trips and by the end I was sitting in the parked car so eager to hear the outcome.

It has some triggers (racism, suicide, murder). But I really enjoyed this novel.

Did Seth know what he was doing when he re-wrote his will leaving nearly all of his fortune to his African American maid (in a time where racism was very prominate in Mississippi) and a portion to his brother whom he hasn’t seen or heard of in years. This hand written will caused a legal war between Lettie Lang (maid) and Seth’s estranged family. That’s where Jake Brigance (lawyer) comes into play and the trial begins.

The trials raises more questions than answers and I think you should read (or listen) to this book to find out how it all connects to a little piece of land called Sycamore Row.


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