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Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

“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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I have to cancel! I can't make it this morning... :( but I will really try to make it to the next one!

    March 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to the group and haven't read the book yet... but I will try to read some before the meetup :)

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Nancy K.

      Hope to see you there. I haven't finished yet but I have a lot of hotel time this week so I will get through. :)

      March 10, 2014

    • Jeffrey

      congraduations it is a good book

      March 10, 2014

  • Jeffrey

    this is a interesting book I started reading it is wonderful.

    2 · March 9, 2014

    • Jeffrey

      yes i do appreciate the way my life has gone.

      March 9, 2014

    • Jeffrey

      i will finish it it is exciting

      March 9, 2014

  • Fiona D.

    Just begun this book, not sure if I will have it finished but I will enjoy talking about it.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Jason F. C.

    I am not quite finished yet, but surprised at how much I appreciate this book.

    1 · February 25, 2014

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