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.
This book transported me to the simple spirituality of my Midwestern childhood and as a bonus was a nonstop page turner. Lovely book for a warm summer day.
I normally go for suspense audiobooks, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this coming-of-age novel. After tragedy strikes the protagonist's family, you see how each member of the family and their community copes differently. I also liked it because there is some mystery surrounding the tragedy that is not revealed until the end of the book.
Well written. Good character development. Compelling story. Much more than a mystery. At times the writing is beautiful and the observations deep. This book will appeal to a wide variety of readers.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Good at making the male characters come alive.
Both men and women will enjoy reading this book.
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.
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