Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
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Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451645828
Branch Call Number: Fiction KRUEGER,W
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 02, 2020

Great book. For those of us who have had a few life experiences this on struck home!

Aug 01, 2020

Loved it!!!

Jul 11, 2020

John Rapson recommendation

Jul 07, 2020

Wonderful book. Today’s classic.

May 02, 2020

Wonderful coming of age novel set in a fictional Minnesota town. Very entertaining

Feb 20, 2020

One of the best books I've ever read. This is a new author for me, so will look for more from him. The writing was beautiful and despite the deaths that keep popping up, it was a great story. I had a hard time putting it down.

Feb 17, 2020

After having enjoyed the thoroughly engaging "This Tender Land", this one was a big disappointment. Perhaps my expectations had been set too high by the former book. This one comes across as trite, formulaic and verging on preachy. There are far too many one-dimensional characters who seem to blend into one another with no distinguishing features; time and again, they made so little impression when first introduced that when they reappeared later, I couldn’t recall who they were or where they fitted in to the story. The flaws that I was happy to overlook in This Tender Land re-emerge here but without the sweep of story or the sharply drawn characters that saved that novel. Here, Krueger attempts to portray an idealized Norman Rockwell / Father Knows Best middle America that no longer existed in 1961 (if it ever did) and get us to buy it. It would have taken a far more brilliant novelist to succeed at such an undertaking; Mr. Krueger cannot pull it off. And marrying such a setting with a shakily constructed mystery just made it all seem more incongruous. I realize I'm totally out of step with most reviewers, but there it is: this one just didn't work for me.

CPL_chelsea Jan 21, 2020

Loved this book. A beautifully written coming of age story about how death and loss affect us. It brought to mind Stephen King's The Body (made into the movie Stand By Me) and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. The descriptive language used by Krueger is fantastic and Ordinary Grace is a book I won't soon forget.

CCPL_Carly Jan 20, 2020

On the surface, Ordinary Grace is a coming-of-age story, putting us in the mindset of classics such as To Kill a Mockingbird. The characters here are familiar in the best way, resonating as clearly as the setting of this Minnesota gothic. Readers will pull for Frank and his family, as they attempt to find grace even in the midst of horrific tragedy.

Dec 24, 2019

This is a wonderful book. The story was believable and reminded me of many things from my youth. A Great Read.

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booklady413 Aug 21, 2015

"The dead are never far from us. They're in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air." Page 307

PimaLib_LisaW May 06, 2015

“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”
William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace.


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May 21, 2013

Ordinary Grace is a stand alone novel by William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series. Told through the eyes of a 13 year-old boy, the book details the struggles of faith of a rural Methodist minister and his family when their talented daughter if found dead. The story details the passage from childhood innocence to worldly awareness by the 13 yo and his younger brother. Once again the author demonstrates his sensitivity in spiritual matters.


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