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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A stunning and deeply moving story well told with a gentle spiritual underlay by a gifted author.
Hmm.....how 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.
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!
I loved this book, it kept me entertained and interested, a great read indeed!
Tender story of a family's relationships, beliefs and struggles during a difficult time. Evoked sympathy for many of the characters due to their flaws and disabilities. I would highly recommend this book.
Such a great read. Very different than his other book series. One of my favorite books.
Had a similar flavor to "Crawdads," and I liked it every bit as much. W. K. Krueger has a way of pulling me into his stories.
Great book. For those of us who have had a few life experiences this on struck home!
Wonderful coming of age novel set in a fictional Minnesota town. Very entertaining
One of the best books I've ever read. This is a new author for me, so will look for more from him. The writing was beautiful and despite the deaths that keep popping up, it was a great story. I had a hard time putting it down.
After having enjoyed the thoroughly engaging "This Tender Land", this one was a big disappointment. Perhaps my expectations had been set too high by the former book. This one comes across as trite, formulaic and verging on preachy. There are far too many one-dimensional characters who seem to blend into one another with no distinguishing features; time and again, they made so little impression when first introduced that when they reappeared later, I couldn’t recall who they were or where they fitted in to the story. The flaws that I was happy to overlook in This Tender Land re-emerge here but without the sweep of story or the sharply drawn characters that saved that novel. Here, Krueger attempts to portray an idealized Norman Rockwell / Father Knows Best middle America that no longer existed in 1961 (if it ever did) and get us to buy it. It would have taken a far more brilliant novelist to succeed at such an undertaking; Mr. Krueger cannot pull it off. And marrying such a setting with a shakily constructed mystery just made it all seem more incongruous. I realize I'm totally out of step with most reviewers, but there it is: this one just didn't work for me.
Loved this book. A beautifully written coming of age story about how death and loss affect us. It brought to mind Stephen King's The Body (made into the movie Stand By Me) and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The descriptive language used by Krueger is fantastic and Ordinary Grace is a book I won't soon forget.
On the surface, Ordinary Grace is a coming-of-age story, putting us in the mindset of classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird. The characters here are familiar in the best way, resonating as clearly as the setting of this Minnesota gothic. Readers will pull for Frank and his family, as they attempt to find grace even in the midst of horrific tragedy.
This is a wonderful book. The story was believable and reminded me of many things from my youth. A Great Read.
A brilliant coming of age novel. Stands shoulder to shoulder with The Heart is A Lonely Hunter and To Kill A Mockingbird. Highly recommended.
Great read. Very few books leave me thinking about them a couple years later. I just checked it out to read for the second time. Let's hope it is as good as the first.