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Author: William Kent Krueger Narrator: Rich Orlow Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9781470335939
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From "New York Times "bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961. New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson's Drug Store soda counter, 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 summer in which death assumed many forms. When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal. On the surface, "Ordinary Grace" is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it's the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A pitch-perfect, wonderfully evocative examination of violent loss. In Frank Drum’s journey away from the shores of childhood—a journey from which he can never return—we recognize the heartbreaking price of adulthood and its ‘wisdoms.’ I loved this book.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Live by Night and The Given Day

  • “Krueger’s elegy for innocence is a deeply memorable tale.”

    Washington Post

  • “This is a book that makes the reader feel better just by having been exposed to the delights of the story. It will stay with you for quite some time, and you will always remember it with a smile.”

    Huffington Post

  • “A superb literary novel.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Everything about this book, from language to ideas to Aeschylus’s epigram, is beautiful, and you’ll think about it long after you’re finished reading.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Not often does a story feel at once fresh and familiar. But Ordinary Grace, a new novel from William Kent Krueger, is both, and it is affecting.”

    Denver Post

  • “I realized within pages this would be one of the best books I’ve read in recent years. The gathering threat and its consummation are satisfying and meaningful. This is an intelligent and compelling story told with great heart…A perfect book-club read, truly a book to love and read more than once. Absolutely recommended.”

    Historical Novel Society

  • “Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a standalone novel that shares much with his other work…A novel that transforms narrator and reader alike.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Elegiac, evocative…a resonant tale of fury, guilt, and redemption.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There’s nothing ordinary about Rich Orlow’s narration of this literary mystery. Orlow seems to be giving his all to this sensitive coming-of-age story…Orlow captures all the elements of the story—faith, wisdom, forgiveness, and even mysticism. He portrays the characters well and keeps the story moving, solidly evoking time and place. Krueger is mainly known for his Cork O’Connor series, but this is a stand-alone.”

    AudioFile

  • Selected for the April 2013 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2013
  • A 2013 School Library Journal Best Book for Teens
  • Winner of the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2014 Barry Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2014 Dilys Award
  • A 2014 Macavity Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2014 Anthony Award for Best Novel

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie P | 5/29/2020

    " Very enjoyable read...Ordinary Grace is anything but ordinary! This book grips you from page one through to the end. Started listening to it as an audiobook and found myself walking around my house looking for things I needed to accomplish because I just couldn't turn it off :) "

About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the author of several stand-alone novels and the Cork O’Connor mystery series, of which six have made the New York Times bestsellers list. His Iron Lake won the Barry Award and the 1998 Anthony Award for Best First Novel; Blood Hollow won the 2004 Anthony Award for Best Novel; and Mercy Falls won the 2005 Anthony Award for Best Novel. His stand-alone novel Ordinary Grace won the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel

About the Narrator

Rich Orlow is a film, television, and voice actor. Among his audiobook narrations are The Outsider by Jimmy Connors, House Rules by Jodi Picoult, and Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.