Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace

By William Kent Krueger

  • Release Date: 2013-03-26
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
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Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
WINNER OF THE 2014 DILYS AWARD
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013

“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

Reviews

  • Ordinary Grace

    5
    By The Alleghenian
    This book takes a solid third place in my list of all time favorites behind Killer Angels and The Source. It is too insightful to be considered entirely fiction and too absorbing to be considered purely recreational reading. It is a work of heart. - Dave Sadler, avid reader for 67 years
  • Ordinary Grace

    5
    By Shirlgirlie
    Ordinary Grace was one of the best reads in a long time. I loved the story setting in Minnesota, I could visualize the characters and town. It was suspenseful and the mystery of not one but several deaths. I had a hard time putting this book down. I definitely will read more from this author!
  • A truly good read

    5
    By Mpuccini
    I started this book early today and finished it late today. I do not often sit and read a book from cover to cover in one day, however this is a story of a family dealing with circumstances beyond their control. The whole cast of characters are so powerfully portrayed you feel as if you know them. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that can mesmerize them.
  • Awesome book

    5
    By Boiiiiiiiiiiiiii
    Highly suggest it
  • A lovely book to get lost in

    5
    By Weezosqueezo
    An intriguing story with interesting characters. The writing takes you back in time and allows the reader to lose oneself in the story.
  • I dare you to stop at chapter 3

    5
    By KeithAndrade
    Wow this book was amazing!!! I want another!!! It's one of those books that change you
  • Ordinary Grace

    5
    By Petie Ann
    An excellent book I would recommend this book to everyone Petie
  • Ordinary Grace

    4
    By Silverswan2
    A lovely story worthy of its award. Reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird in its hometown simplicity.
  • Great read

    4
    By SAppelquist
    Wonderful Memorial weekend read. Started out very reminiscent of King's "Stand By Me." Took off to a totally different plane. Thoroughly enjoyed the novel. Worthy of the Edgar.
  • The ideal man

    5
    By Bigalison
    If only to get to know the beauty of the main character Nathan this book is worth reading. The book is grace filled and offers all of us a picture of the awesome grace of God.

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