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)
Have loved all of William Kent Krueger's books. This one was no exception. The end is predictable but getting there was exquisite. It is a good lesson in keeping hope & faith while undergoing very difficult personal tragedy. Title choice was right on.
I liked the idea of a 1960's coming-of-age story mixed with a mystery. The problem is that this novel did not succeed in either of those areas. Very little happened in the first half of the novel. References to Brillcream, Risk, and Gunsmoke were not enough to make that golden era of childhood come alive, and I am from that generation! The characters and world were not interesting enough for that to work without more plot. Frank is the 13 year-old protagonist, who lives with a younger brother who stutters (and gets bullied), an older sister, and his parents, a minister, and a mother unhappy being the wife of a minister. The big mystery occurs halfway through the novel, when a major character disappears. The story picked up at that point. It moved from a 2-star to a 3-star book then. A good reader helped, too. This novel felt like something I had read many times in the past. I might have liked it more had it seemed fresher to me. Ultimately, it did provide a pleasant way to pass the time, but not much more.
In the library of your mind, if you browse through the nostalgic coming-of-age shelf, you will find Ordinary Grace somewhere between "A River Runs Through It" and "Stand By Me."
William Krueger's writing style is true to the title, as he rewards his readers with graceful prose and stunning imagery in this "slice of life" as told through the eyes of a man looking back 40 years on the timeline of his life.
The story is one of a small town pastor and his family as their love is challenged by loss, personal secrets, and a murder mystery that serves as the overall catalyst for peace among them.
The narrator was born to read this story.
This is a smooth read that kind of just floats along. It's not thrilling or suspenseful, and it's not a page turner..but you will keep turning the pages.
a book of internal thoughts by the son of a minister. plot = typical life events that are only new to the very sheltered. could be supportive for children going through loss. unsatisfying for thoughtful adults.
Say something about yourself!
Yes, i get its a well written book. But if you are looking for a mystery/suspense/thriller, walk away. This is none of them.
Yes, I would definitely listen to this again just to experience his lyrical prose . I can only say that this author writes in a way that brings every character to life, and makes the reader feel exactly what the character is feeling. What an amazing gift!
Jake. I think deep down we all have a little of Jake in us.
Never, but he is a narrator of exceptional talent.
Frank, as he was the main protagonist.
I am now going to start listening to all the Cork O'Conner books! Bravo, Mr. Kent Krueger!
A beautiful story about the coming of age of 13 year old Frank Drum. Set in the 60's the book looks at one fateful summer in a small town in Minnesota - a summer that will see dramatic changes in the Drum family. The narrator was perfect and shows how important a factor this is between a great audio and a mediocre one.
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
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