I have been over reading Mary’s Chicken Scratch blog and saw that she recommended a book, Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Well I have read or listened to other books that Mary has suggested and I always love them so I immediately went to my online library to see if they had it…nope. I went to Audible and they did. I immediately added it to my cart and within a couple minutes, I was listening.
I listened for about five minutes and immediately knew I was going to like the book. It had all the things I love. A story set in the early 60’s, a coming of age story, mysteries surrounding deaths, and a whole lot more. I grew up in southern Minnesota. Often in the book Mankato is mentioned and that’s where I attended college. It’s a little like going home when I read and listen to a story that takes place where I can so easily imagine. I also enjoy stories told in first person. I like stories that give hope in tragedy and this story does.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “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.”
I can easily say that this book is the best book I’ve listened to in awhile. I highly recommend it. Amazon readers say 4.6 stars…I would give it 5 stars. If anyone ever asks for a book that I’d recommend, this one will always be mentioned.