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Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
WINNER OF THE 2014 DILYS AWARD
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.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2013.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451645828
1451645821
Branch Call Number: M KRUE
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 24 cm

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123chenoa
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.

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ryner
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.

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mlhadley1
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.

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fredlichty
Jan 18, 2021

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

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glotet41
Jan 10, 2021

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

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Alpha_zzz
Jan 10, 2021

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.

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ghkidlib
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!

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desertflower8
Dec 02, 2020

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

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louiepoodle15
Nov 22, 2020

new author to me. An outstanding read!

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MillieBT
Nov 10, 2020

Tender moving story

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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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saxhorn
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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