John Grisham Online: Grisham’s latest novel upsets Duquesne University

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green and white leafed plantsOfficials at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are upset the school is mentioned in connection with a fictional gang rape by fraternity brothers in John Grisham’s latest novel.

Grisham’s “The Associate” deals with a character who attended the private Catholic college and was involved in a drunken group sex event in an off-campus apartment in 2003.

Duquesne University spokeswoman Rose Ravasio says it’s unfortunate Grisham “chose to use our name and associate it with a fictional incident of this nature.”

Grisham said he chose the school because he saw it once, and has been to Pittsburgh for Steelers and Pirates games. The novel contains several other references to Pittsburgh.

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