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Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
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Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451645828
Branch Call Number: M KRUEGER, W.
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm.


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May 20, 2021

I just finished "The Tender Land" (amazing story/best book in awhile) so I wanted to read another one of his books. "Ordinary Grace" was good, a little slow at times, but the author has an amazing way of writing that keeps me interested.

May 15, 2021

I enjoy Krueger’s style. His
This Tender Land was excellent. Ordinary Grace was good, but got bogged down in parts. Krueger has a strong interest in the treatment of the Souix from the Minnesota territories. I was thankful for his insight into that history which is woven into his stories.

May 03, 2021

A wonderfully told the story, although poorly edited. I was frustrated, at times, by Krueger’s lack of using commas in his sentences which caused me to have to re-read many portions. The author might benefit well from reading Joe Devine’s Commas are Our Friends.

Mar 09, 2021

The summer Frank is thirteen, his small, rural town is rocked by four deaths and a mystery that entwines several prominent families and changes their lives forever. I was pleasantly surprised by this eloquent coming-of-age story. I'm not really into books about funny, folksy, saccharine small-town charm, so I'm always a little cautious approaching writing about small-town Minnesota (speaking as a Minnesotan myself). This is definitely not a funny book, and though the author definitely sets the place and time by making frequent local references, it was just shy of being too much. It was satisfying to guess fairly quickly which real Minnesota town New Bremen is modeled after based on geographic and industrial clues given in the text, and ultimately it also gave me a hankering for a rural Minnesota road trip.

Jan 30, 2021

A book that gives you so many things to consider and some understanding - loss, faith, war, overcoming obstacles. understanding situations. Seen thru Frank remembering the summer of loss when 13. Younger brother able to assess from an another view point. Really well written, engaging story, Want to read more by this author.

Jan 18, 2021

I’ve read This Tender Land also. I highly recommended both books.

Jan 10, 2021

A stunning and deeply moving story well told with a gentle spiritual underlay by a gifted author.

Jan 10, 2021 to rate this book.
I had read “This Tender Land” and thought it was probably one of the best books I’d ever read. In comparison, this is a bit of a let-down. This book was more ho-hum, day to day sort of uneventful happenings. Yes, murder and other forms of death are eventful, but the response was fairly subdued. It lacked nerve and all-out emotion (perhaps because one of the main characters was a minister who had to model forgiveness). Yet, William Kent Krueger has to be one of the best authors out there, so it is definitely worth reading and absorbing.

Dec 08, 2020

Great book and book club discussion! Well developed interesting characters, small town setting, secrets, mysteries, and several deaths as seen through the eyes of 13-year old Frankie kept my interest!

Dec 02, 2020

I loved this book, it kept me entertained and interested, a great read indeed!

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booklady413 Aug 21, 2015

"The dead are never far from us. They're in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air." Page 307

PimaLib_LisaW May 06, 2015

“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”
William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace.


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May 21, 2013

Ordinary Grace is a stand alone novel by William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series. Told through the eyes of a 13 year-old boy, the book details the struggles of faith of a rural Methodist minister and his family when their talented daughter if found dead. The story details the passage from childhood innocence to worldly awareness by the 13 yo and his younger brother. Once again the author demonstrates his sensitivity in spiritual matters.


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