Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
A Novel

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10 Critic Reviews

Altogether, Ordinary Grace forms a superb literary novel. It lingers in the mind long after closing the cover, and beckons one to read again for the sheer pleasure of the experience.
-NY Journal of Books

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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.
 

About William Kent Krueger

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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 WilliamKentKrueger.com.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Atria Books. 321 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Dec 16 2012

A novel that transforms narrator and reader alike.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jan 21 2013

Best known for the Cork O’Connor mystery series, Krueger...has produced an elegiac, evocative, stand-alone novel.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Carolyn Haley on Mar 26 2013

Altogether, Ordinary Grace forms a superb literary novel. It lingers in the mind long after closing the cover, and beckons one to read again for the sheer pleasure of the experience.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Carole E Barrowman on Mar 23 2013

...there’s such a quiet beauty in his prose and such depth to his characters that I was completely captivated by this book’s ordinary grace.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Mar 29 2013

ORDINARY GRACE is one of those very rare books in which one regrets reaching its end, knowing that the experience of having read it for the first time will never be repeated.

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Denver Post

Above average
on Mar 24 2013

...Frank's voice is charming. His journey is compelling.

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The Christian Manifesto

Good
on Apr 10 2013

It holds a complex set of issues that are smoothly written into a gripping and finely woven plot. Well done. Wow.

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Crime Fiction Lover

Good
on Mar 24 2013

Beautifully written and at times heart breaking, Ordinary Grace is a must-read for mystery and literary fans alike.

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The BookPage

Good
on Apr 02 2013

Writing with aching clarity, Krueger deftly shows that even in life’s moments of unimaginable sadness there is beauty to be found.

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Killer Nashville

Good
on Apr 05 2013

The novel reads like an autobiography, not a novel, which is a compliment to Krueger. The voice is pure; the characters are real.

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