John Grisham’s “The Rooster Bar” examines the national student debt crisis through the eyes of three law students.
Grisham’s book is very timely. Student debt has moved from being an invisible threat to our economy to top of mind and front page news, not just for those with the debt but for all of us who can help out and are impacted by it. -Ravi Sawhney
John Grisham, the lawyer-turned-bestselling-author who brought us courtroom classics like The Client, The Pelican Brief and A Time to Kill, is introducing audiences to a new type of villain: the predatory student loan. His latest work, The Rooster Bar, examines the national student debt crisis through the eyes of three law students trapped in a for-profit loan scam—and readers can’t seem to get enough of the timely tale.
Praised as a masterful thriller by both The Washington Post and The New York Times, The Rooster Bar, which is somewhat inspired by a groundbreaking 2014 exposé on shady law school loans, is a unique find in today’s book world: a page-turner with a legit cautionary message. Its three protagonists—swindled out of their future and saddled with debt by greedy investors—serve as a warning to all American students, and it appears Grisham is hoping the novel will stir up some national debate as well. “There’s a day of reckoning coming with all of this debt and students who are unable to pay it,” Grisham remarked in a recent interview, adding, “That just strikes me as a bad way to educate people.”
The book hit shelves on October 31st (fitting given that The Rooster Bar’s true-to-life- subject is probably scarier than any supernatural Halloween story). Pick up a copy today for an entertaining and informative read.