PLAYING FOR PIZZA
"Playing for Pizza is a short novel about a fallen American football star who can no longer get work in the National Football League and whose agent, as a last resort, signs a deal for him to play for the Parma Panthers, in Parma, Italy. The quarterback's move to a small city in a foreign land leads to a series of cultural misadventures. The idea for the novel grew out of time Grisham spent in Italy researching his last novel, The Broker, which was set in Bologna. "I was pleasantly surprised to find real American football in Italy,acirc;euro;yen; says Grisham, acirc;euro;oelig;and as I dug deeper a novel came together. The research was tough acirc;euro;" food, wine, opera, football, Italian culture acirc;euro;" but someone had to do it."