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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Oct 13, 2019

A brilliant coming of age novel. Stands shoulder to shoulder with The Heart is A Lonely Hunter and To Kill A Mockingbird. Highly recommended.

Oct 05, 2019

Great read. Very few books leave me thinking about them a couple years later. I just checked it out to read for the second time. Let's hope it is as good as the first.

Sep 14, 2019

Interesting Story

Aug 04, 2019

Krueger writes so beautifully. There are passages in the book that are almost poetic. I found myself thinking about "To Kill A Mockingbird" and Marilyn Robinson's trilogy as I read this story placed in the Midwest and centered heavily around one family anchored by an emotionally steady pastor. I will seek out more of his books.

Aug 01, 2019

I really enjoyed this intelligent novel and it's protagonists, 2 young boys. I would read his other novels. Although there was a lot of people dying, the novel was serene. Sounds odd, eh?

Jul 28, 2019

Bookclub: June/19

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.

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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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