Ordinary Grace

Ordinary Grace: A Novel (Paperback) - Common - by William Kent Krueger

This book won the Edgar award in 2014 for Best Novel and while this book is listed within mystery genre I don't know that I would describe this book as a typical mystery.  I came by this book highly recommended by a family member and it was the perfect read for my long flight home from Greece.


Set in a small town in Minnesota, it is 1961. The story is narrated by Frank Drum who is recalling the summer when he was 13 years old.  Frank is the son of a most compassionate preacher Nathan Drum who could be easily compared to Atticus Finch.  Frank is the middle child, second to his older musically talented sister Ariel and his younger brother Jake of whom he is very protective.  This coming of age tale portrays how people cope when tragedy occurs within a rural community. It is both insightful and inspiring as we witness the outcome when small minds meet with gentle wisdom.


When I read a biography about the author, William Kent Krueger it said his favorite book was To Kill a Mockingbird. I wasn't surprised as this story has hints of a similar tone. One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read and particularly accurate in describing grief.  I found this story to be both exquisitely and intensely poignant and one I will not soon forget.  If this book does not touch your heart then I'm afraid nothing will.  I give this book the highest recommendation.


How I acquired this book:  Barnes & Noble

Shelf Life:  4 months