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Ordinary grace : a novel
William Kent Krueger
Adult Fiction KRUEGER

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library hound said:
The book is lovely. In this coming of age novel of small town life in Minnesota in the early ’60’s, Krueger manages to make many statements about his philosophy of life without being unduly preachy. It was a nice switch after Cork O’Connor novels to have the mystery elements of the book be more in the background rather than the driving force. It is definitely a book I recommend to fiction readers.
posted Jun 17, 2013 at 11:35AM
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This book is a great rendering of small town life in the Midwest in the 60s. You can almost feel the hot summer sun, smell the new-mown grass and taste the frosty cold root beer. This is a murder mystery, though Krueger recently said even he didn’t think of it as a mystery. It’s more about people’s response to adversity and personal tragedy. 13-year-old Frank tells the story of small town death and murder and how faith helps some people cope. Divine grace has been defined as “the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation “. Almost all of the characters in the book have a personal trial for which they need strength to cope: a stutter, a harelip, deafness, blindness, autism, homosexuality etc. However, Krueger called the book “ordinary” grace, not divine grace. Ordinary things, like how Jake loses his stutter can be miracles. Strength can come from the ordinary, not just the divine.
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