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“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, 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 grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.

Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal. Suddenly Frank finds himself called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

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.

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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.”


  • 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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About the Author
Author William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the Cork O’Connor novels, including Northwest Angle and Trickster’s Point, as well as the novel Ordinary Grace. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family.

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.