Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

This read was inspired by the Salt Lake County Library, which is currently hosting a reading event called "One County, One Book." They selected Ordinary Grace as their first book, hoping to create a county-wide discussion. I thought this was an excellent idea, so I decided to participate. If you're in Salt Lake County and you're interested in learning more about this event, check out "One County, One Book" by clicking here.

Ordinary Grace is a novel about family, faith, and tragedy. The story is told by Frank Drum as an adult, looking back on the summer of 1961. That year, a series of tragedies struck the small town of New Bremen, where Frank lived with his family. Frank tells of his first experiences with death and the intense aftermath. This is truly a coming-of-age story, not only about Frank himself, but also about his siblings, Ariel and Jake. Through the novel, 13-year old Frank is immersed in an adult world that he doesn't fully understand, and is faced with choices and consequences that no child should ever have to face.

Reading this story from my perspective as a mother, it was a tear-jerker in parts. My absolute favorite scene in the book came when Frank's father, a Methodist minister, gives a sermon following his own family tragedy. It was very moving for Frank and that emotion is brought through quite well to the reader.
“The miracle is this: that you will rise in the morning and be able to see again the startling beauty of the day.” 
This was an excellent read and I heartily recommend it. There are adult themes, as well as some language, but don't let that dissuade you from experiencing this wonderful novel.

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