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AS GRISHAM TELLS IT

Best-selling author John Grisham says the foundation for his new novel, "A Painted House," came from stories his father and grandfather told about their rural Arkansas family.

Grisham was in Jackson this week to sign copies of the book, which tells the story of a family outside Black Oak, Ark., that raises cotton for a living and has a hard time making ends meet.

It was originally planned as a six-installment series for the Oxford American magazine, which Grisham co-owns.

"But when the folks at Doubleday saw the first installment, they immediately wanted to publish it as a hardback," Grisham said.

He said movie negotiations for "A Painted House" are ongoing.

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