Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.
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“Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a stand-alone novel that shares much with his other work.” (Kirkus Reviews)
I've just discovered this author. And I'm so glad I have. I can't wait to discover more of his books. The narration by Rich Orlow is absolutely outstanding. Highly recommended listening.
I expect this book to be required reading for future generations. It is so moving, so well written. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates good writing.
An uncommon pleasure.
That's just it, I cannot compare it to any books that I have read. It stands alone in an uncommon way.
No I have not, but would very much like to again. He was terrific.
This was the first book I have read from this author. I just hope that he continues to write with the passion that obviously went into this book.
The depth of character development and the themes explored are worth the investment of time.
The themes that are explored are universal in life. The author has a deft touch in exploring these themes and is in touch with the emotions they evoke.
I laughed and cried at the beauty of the words and the depth of exploration.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore forgiveness and grace. The author knows this subject not just intellectually but personally.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
More than just a mystery, this coming of age novel examines how people respond so differently when tragedy strikes a small community. While a little slow paced, and not the best at making the mystery a real mystery, the book captures a particular time and place very well, and the ways in which God' grace is present in people's lives
Say something about yourself! I am a runner and avid listener to books. Audible allow me to do my two favorite things at the same time.
As a Jew the concept of Grace is not something we theologically discuss to any great extent. Thus, I hesitated at first because of the title and the beginning overtones of the book. I was rapidly engrossed in the story and wanted to get to know the characters better. The story line, one of loss and coming of age in the early 1960's in Minnesota hit close to home even though it involved a minister's family. The story one of great pain at times was rough to listen to because I identified with Frank and Jake and their parents' at through out the story. I appreciated Krueger's ability to work with the pain and the fall out from it and the quiet love of the family. It is the journey of acceptance and integrity and moving with the pain that I loved.
It is hard to put down, well worth your time and your credits. Enjoy!
An enjoyable quasi-murder mystery, quasi-Bildungsroman set along a river and railroad in a rural Minnesota community in the summer of 1961. With its 14-year-old preacher's son as protagonist, this tale called in me reflections upon growing up and how the mind either magnifies or trivializes the memories of our youth. It caused me to also contemplate the role of religion in coming of age, the bonds between siblings, and, to a somewhat lesser degree, white's relations with American Indians, racism, suicide and bigotry toward those who are "different," specifically, based on deafness, race, sexuality, blindness, and physical deformities.
In other words, the book is loaded, but in a good way.
The narration was perfect.
Well written and totally captivating. While I have enjoyed the Cork O'Connor series this is my favorite William Kent Krueger novel. Orlow's reading of the book made it even more interesting.
I stumbled across this book and I'm so glad I listened. I enjoyed all aspects - the unfolding of the story, the relationship of the 2 brothers, their father's calm steadiness. The narrator did an excellent job in bringing out the characters. I even looked him up on audible to check out other books he narrated. I highly recommend this book.
It is one of the best books I have enjoyed on Audible. This is a beautiful story of family, loss, forgiveness and healing.
His narration really brought to life the author's description and feel of a small town in 1961.
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