William Kent Krueger
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A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013
“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.
Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
Publishers Weekly Review
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The Best One Yet!
I have read every book published by the author, and feel this one is the best one to date. He paints lovely pictures with well crafted words. I look forward to the new book due in August.
This book takes you on a journey through pain, tragedy, despair and grief that only can you understand if you have suffered a great loss as well. The transportation in time with details of youth are fresh and clear. The ripping and scaring of a family as they each struggle within the isolation of grief and the search for answers, all answers, within, physical and most reaching spiritual. The whys that are never to be answered and unattainable peace to be sought. And the healing balm of "Ordinary Grace."
I, also, have read all of Mr. Krueger's books and thoroughly enjoyed them, but found Ordinary Grace extraordinary. It is filled with insight onto how real people handle life. It reveals a writer who deeply understands grace and forgiveness, friendship and family . . .and love. I had this feeling about a book called To Kill Mockingbird when I first read it in 1962. I hope Ordinary Grace finds many readers in 2013.