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 really liked this book and LOVED the narrator. It was a book with soooo much sadness but ultimately was a satisfying read. I'd recommend it as long as the overarching sadness isn't too much for you. I have a friend who hated the book but I enjoyed it. Go figure.
Yes, it is a great story
I cried at Ariel's funeral
Story is captivating, Only flaws were several incidences which were not quite believable:
Jake's cure was one of them that stands out. A little heavy handed on the Christian take on things.
Probably Jake, the younger brother who gets a backbone through his family's tragedy. I liked Gus too -- he always seems to know what to say and do.
This is a stand alone book from William Kent Krueger, a departure from his Cork O'Connor novels. The narrator is a kid. the oldest son of a minister and a choir director. Though there are several deaths in their small town, a couple don't really count, that is, they never tie strongly into the story. A story which is often advanced because the narrator is hiding at the top of the stairs, listening through the heating grate, huddled in the next room, etc. In other words, a lot of what we learn comes from Frank's eavesdropping on the adults. It's not a bad literary device, but it's overused here. Positive: the story takes you back to the early 1960's quite well.
This is a great and very well written book. I would recommend this to all but especially to a teenage audience. It's not often themes that are difficult to discuss in real life are beautifully written and expressed in a novel..
Not an ordinary book at all - Amazing story and amazing narrator. I hated to reach the end of the book. Listened to it every spare minute and finished in 2 days. I would have listened straight through if I could have.
Just when you think you have it figured out something changes
No but I will be looking for books that he narrates in the future!
I have listened to 50 plus books in the last 2 years and this one would be rated among the top five.
A great "coming of age" story. Frank Drum learns about prejudice, family, relationships and himself. The story was very real to me. I was stretched by one character who was gay in the story, I wasn't sure what the point of that was. The dynamics between Frank and Jake reminded me of my sibling and I. Getting in the way, loving, hating and standing up for each other. As Frank explores how he looks at life and the world around him, it reminded me of myself at that age. There were things I wanted to understand. Grace, the little ones especially, is to be treasured.
Jake. He seemed so open, so strong in a way that was not obvious immediately. Although the townspeople seemed to only see Jake as a stutterer, he seemed deeper than that to me.
Rich did a good job with portraying the different people in the town.
Gus. I had a friend like Gus. A grown-up who took me seriously and cared about me.
I realized by the third sentence that I had already listened to this book once before. However, even the second time through, I was already hooked and had to keep listening. I think perhaps I enjoyed it even more the second time through!
"Far from an Ordinary Thriller"
Yes I would happily recommend this novel. It's extremely well written with good quality characterisations that hold your interest and really make you care about what happens to each of them.
The over-whelming impact on the Drum family of the various incidents that unfold. Tremendous writing.
Sensitively read and nothing 'over the top' which would have ruined the delicate balance of this novel
The burden put onto the father of the Drum family. I'm not a believer in the religious sense and at times it could have been so easy to feel an edge of impatience taking over, but it's so well written that finally I just couldn't fail to be moved by his stoicism.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel. The descriptive passages devoted to both the locations, era and characters made it a memorable experience. There are no particularly gripping moments or shocking revelations here but taken as a 'whole' this is a murder mystery that will not fail to grip you and will stay with you long after you've finished it. For me, that's the test of a good book.
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