Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Mar 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451645821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451645828

Book Description

 From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961. 

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, 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 summer in which death assumed many forms.

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal.

On the surface, Ordinary Grace is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a 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.

About the Author

 William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of twelve previous Cork O’Connor novels, including Northwest Angle and Trickster’s Point, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at

My Review

To say that I think that William Kent Krueger is an incredible author would be an understatement.  I have devoured every book in the Cork O'Connor series.  Krueger has a compelling writing style and develops the most amazing stories.  He descriptions of the Minnesota countryside are so vivid and intoxicating that you feel like you are a native of Minnesota even though you have only fleetingly visited there.

I wondered how I would like this stand alone novel.  I shouldn't have.  It is a rich, emotional tale of a young thirteen year old boy and the tragedies that befell his family and his community in the summer of 1961.  You become emotionally invested n young Frank from the start.  It is a story about family.  And it is a story about believing in God; the wonderful grace that comes from giving your heart to God.

This is a beautiful, moving emotional tale that delves into the hearts and souls of the story's characters.  Due to Krueger's way with words you are in drawn into the story and are emotionally committed to his rich characters.  You'll shed show tears and you will be moved and when you are finished you will be glad you took the time to read such a beautiful story about life.

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