Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451645828
Characteristics: 307 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jul 08, 2019

So perfect in its extraordinary and lovely prose; the depth of its characters; the sheer beauty of its portrayal of grace in all its forms. And so wise about grief and loss that at times it was unbearable for me to read.

May 20, 2019

Stunning, absolutely stunning in its depth of spirituality in this kind of a story.

May 01, 2019

I’ve enjoyed WKK’s Cork O’Connor books very much, but this one is leagues above those. So achingly beautiful in it’s style. The story unfolds like a ribbon that I was compelled to follow, and did so with rapt attention.
This one goes down as a favorite.

Apr 09, 2019

I didn't see this as a mystery, which is what the library labelled it as, to me it was a coming of age book. A young boy's sister is murdered which makes a mystery but it wasn't about solving it, it was about that summer & how that summer effected his brother who had a stutter, his father who was a minister for three churches & his mother who hadn't planned to marry a minister. All the characters were well developed & real. It was a lovely story.

Mar 15, 2019

This is not a crime novel in the traditional sense but it is set around a murder of a young woman in a small town, 1960's Minnesota. Knowable, likable characters who are trying to make sense, make it through, make a life after the local tragedy. It is told 40 years after the event by a man recounting his boyhood.
EXCELLENT. And a good book discussion selection.

Jan 29, 2019

This is no ordinary book. I could recommend it to readers thirteen and up without reservation. This coming-of-age narrative speaks to all of us and is one of my favorite books of all time. I first listened to it on audio and was especially charmed by the interview with the author at the end of the recorded book. Now I have finished it in print form and so enjoyed savoring the stirring prose. When I saw William Kent Krueger at an author event in 2017, he indicated that another standalone was in the works. The Cork O'Connor books are entertaining, but in my opinion do not hold a candle to this epic story. Highly recommended!

"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." -- Aeschylus

HCL_staff_reviews Oct 23, 2018

Although not a Cork O'Connor title, everyone will love this title as it is written by the same author. Frank Drum relives the tragedies of the summer of 1961 when he was 13. — Coreen B., Champlin Library

Oct 14, 2018

This book provided everything I could want in a piece of literature. the characters were rich, the story had an element of suspense and the situations offered a great deal to reflect on. This book probably resonates most with people who are part of a christian community.

Jun 16, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It's a coming of age book with some mystery to it. Good character development, lots to think about well, very well written. Worth reading.

May 12, 2018

This is a very good book, much better than the author's series of Northwoods mysteries. The audiobook narration is also very clear and without melodrama.

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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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