This is a spectacular coming-of-age story set in 1961 Minnesota. It is a heart-felt and gorgeously written book. The author uses imagery so effectively - you can feel the breeze on your face and smell the freshly mown grass. The simple acts if Grace that humans are able to offer one another in the face of difficult changes and challenges make this book a perfect read.
The first five minutes I've had to read since Sunday! I'm away with work and my brain has turned to mush. I'm going to savor this quiet moment. I love this book so far, @trishb I think maybe this was the one you sent me? Anyway, it's excellent
Listening to the audio book version of ordinary grace and it‘s been excellent so far.The last half hour lily is sitting next to my tablet she won‘t budge guess she‘s listening too lol
I love when the 99p on kindle offers give you a gem 😁
What a lovely, wonderful, well written story 💜 loved it - blubbed twice in public 😢
Think I have a bit of a thing for small town, coming of age, set in America in the 50s and 60s books....
@Reggie have you read?
Hairdressing reading this morning 😁
Loving this book, just came to a gut wrenching bit on the bus! Had to stop myself 😢
Day 10 - #adventrecommends
William Kent Krueger is known for his Cork O‘Connor series but this is an award winning stand-alone from him. It is a thought-provoking novel and a great story!
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.
"I had been to visitations before and have been to many since and I've come to understand that there's a good deal of value in the ritual accompanying death. It's hard to say good-bye and almost impossible to accomplish this alone and ritual is the railing we hold to, all of us together, that keeps us upright and connected until the worst is past."
Ordinary Grace was very difficult for me to put down. With pain and wisdom woven through drama and mystery, the book had me thinking about the characters and the story they were suffering through even when I was not reading the book. The language of the book is neither extravagant or difficult to comprehend yet the beautiful insight stirred within my heart again and again, making me pause to reflect.
“There is no such thing as a true event. We know dates and times and locations and participants but the accounts of what happened depend upon the perspective from which it is viewed.”
And what is happiness, Nathan? In my experience, it‘s only a moment‘s pause here and there on what is otherwise a long and difficult road. No one can be happy all the time. Better, I think, to wish for her wisdom, a virtue not so fickle.
The summer of 1961 is pivotal for Frank Drum, the preacher's son in New Bremen, MN. Multiple deaths impact the community in a few short months, and forty years later, Frank reflects on events that shaped his life and challenged his faith. Though characters are well-drawn, the pacing was uneven and a deaf character is described in problematic ways ("signs and gestures," not language and vocalizations in "that tone that I hate"). A mixed result.
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.
This book #makesmewantto read more by this author!
Unpacking is tiring. I‘m gonna spend an hour with this story before making dinner! 😃
"It's hard to say goodbye and almost impossible to accomplish this alone and ritual is the railing we hold to, all of us together, that keeps us upright and connected until the worst is past." #grief
"My father used to quote the Greek playwright Aeschylus, '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." - this is from the prologue. I believe it is a reference to Romans 5:3-5 that I have sitting on my desk. I think I'm going to like this book.
Finally some time to read with a local strawberry-lime cider. #weekendreads
A middle-aged man reflects on his momentous experiences as a 13-year-old in Minnesota in the summer of 1961. Time and place are impeccably described. Mystery and a sense of foreboding pervade this addictive novel, as well as bittersweet nostalgia for the particular time in the life of a young person who is on the threshold of adulthood.
“ORDINARY GRACE is a book that will be on your mind long after you turn the last page. Don't miss this extraordinary book filled with the exploring of one's conscience and also with learning how to forgive. It is noteworthy and remarkable.”
This book is the wonderful. Have you read it?
A very moving story - classified as a mystery, but I felt the mystery was a means to explore the growth and development of the boy at its center. 13 year old Frank Drum experiences a violent loss that forces him to mature and look at life, faith, and relationships with a new perspective. Especially moving is his relationship with his younger brother. Told in the first person by Frank, the style is relaxed, yet at times intense. Good read.
My February reads. I think my favorite was Ordinary Grace, but it was a month of books I really enjoyed.
This was one of my favorite books of 2017 and I shared this book more than any other. It‘s a coming of age story first, with murder and family angst and spirituality. The father in the story is a preacher and the story revolves around him and his profession. #papadontpreach #fiercefeb
This story is about a minister's family in new Bremen, Minnesota during the summer of 1961, told through the eyes of 13-year-old Frankie, the middle child. It examines faith and the "awesome grace of God" without shoving religion down your throat in anyway, believe it or not!
A soft, warm cover & a good book on this 15 degree day. My 1st book club book after all these years of being a reader. So far, the book has been a good pick! I might go back to book club next month 😜
"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."
My book club picked this book for our next read. I was worried I wouldn't finish it in time (since I hadn't started it), so I took a break from the book I had been reading and picked this one up. I don't think it was an accident since I had just returned from my grandfather's funeral.
This was a favorite of 2017, and I remember that the characters often returned to the train tracks on the bridge. A pivotal scene takes place on the tracks when the main character makes a decision about the innocence of another man. #tracks #nuyear
#coffeeandbooks #booksandcoffee #LMPBC #groupG
Finished this in wee morning hours- could not put it down. Beautiful writing, exquisite details of nature, river, & book‘s rural, small town setting. Most often viewed through the lens of two young boys, 13 yr old Frank & his younger brother Jake, as they walked and biked their neighborhood and beyond.
Quiet, yet suspenseful, genuine characters, coming of age, mystery, death. Grace. Mailing soon.
All right Group G, here are our picks for the first round of #LMPBC. Yes?
Also, any suggestions for a group nickname? Not that Group G isn't catchy. ☺️ Maybe The Glossers or Glosses? As in making a little gloss or note? (Feel free to veto. I'm on my second glass of 🍷.)
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Excellent. Cannot speak high enough praise for this book. The main character is a bit named Frank. His dad is a mi inter and they live in Minnesota. It's the 1969z, and the story takes place over one summer, when a series of events happen, each getting worse. A story of how a family tries to hold itself together during trying times, fall apart, then come back together. A story about life, death and how to come to terms with it. 5✨⭐️✨
Most everyone seems to love this book. For me it was sad and depressing.