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)
It is awesome!
Nathan. All of the characters were colorful and deeply developed with true to life problems and pains. Nathan was a man of integrity and an example of patience and forgiveness yet he was easily recognizable as a real person and not a storybook angel. His devotion as a father and husband was an example to others, even through immense suffering.
Jake's miracle, which was a turning point in the book and for his family.
Real people, real pain, real life
This book is an emotionally charged look at an average American family's life in 1961 rural Minnesota. The reader won't want to sleep until the book is completed. The narrarator was probably the best I've ever listen to and his reading of Jake was touching. He brought all of the characters to life.
The last 5 hours of the book were eternal for me. It was really hard to get any type of emotions with the book because some of the main characters are so plain.
I'm glad i did use my credit on this book.
Overall an excellent book which I feel was made even better through the incredible narration of Rich Orlow.
Wonderful character development. The story is told through the eyes of 13 year old Frank in the summer of 1961 as he and his family deal with the murder of his sister.
I loved this book. It is the saga of one family's journey through a summer in 1961. It was beautifully writen and beautifully performed. The story is deep and moving and ever so real. I couldn't put this book down. It was not at all the usual story.
these are not the words that accurately describe this book. I never felt tense or on the edge of my seat. But the story still causes the listener to anticipate the next revelation of human nature. While the story has frequent references to faith and Christianity, it is not the least bit preachy. Rather, it seems to affirm the reasons why some aren't at all warm and fuzzy about God or at least, think there are reasons why they shouldn't be. There are themes of coming of age - and how it happens to individuals in every stage of life, well beyond adolescence.
Thought it was a little slow in starting, but soon settled into the pace and began to appreciate the carefylly structured building of background and characters. Delighted with what became AN ordinary (miracle) grace.
It is definitely one of my favorites. I will remember this story.
The twists felt new and kept my attention.
I have not
When the Indian said to Frank: "you just killed me white boy."
Rich Orlow was one of, if not the, best narrator I have listened to over the past 10 years.
He portrayed each character so they came alive. His voice is perfect for this book.
stumbled on this book and really enjoyed the rich characters and small time feel of the setting. There were lots of twists and turns that kept this small town in Minnesota hopping. I recommend this for some enjoyable light reading.
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