Best-selling author John Grisham, who currently has over 275 million books in print worldwide, will explore some fresh territory with his 21st novel, which will be his first to feature a female protagonist—a young law associate named Samantha Kofer.

A title has yet to be released, but this high-stakes legal thriller is slated to go on sale October 21 and will be published by Doubleday. Find a brief and tantalizing description from the publisher below:

The Great Recession of 2008 left many young professionals out of work. Promising careers were suddenly ended as banks, hedge funds and law firms engaged in mass lay-offs and brutal belt tightening. Samantha Kofer was a third-year law associate at Scully & Pershing, New York City's largest law firm. Two weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, she lost her job, her security and her future. A week later, she was working as an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small-town Appalachia. There, for the first time in her career, she was confronted with real clients with real problems. She also stumbled across secrets that should have remained buried deep in the mountains forever. 

What do you think, readers? Are you excited about Grisham's decision to dive into the world of literary leading ladies?

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