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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Bailey Narrator: Tom Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781415925461
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On the edge of the Adirondack wilderness, survival is a way of life for the Hazen family. Gary Hazen is a respected forester and hunter, known for his good instincts and meticulous planning. He and his wife, Susan, have raised their sons to appreciate the satisfaction of this difficult but honest life. In spite of this, the boys, men now, are slipping away. His older son, Gary David, is secretly dating a woman of whom his father would not approve even as Kevin, the younger boy, struggles against the limits of his family’s hardscrabble lifestyle, wanting something more. On the first day of hunting season the Hazen men enter the woods, unaware that the trip they are embarking on will force them to come to terms with their differences and will forever change their lives.

In The Grace That Keeps This World, Tom Bailey gives us an emotional page-turner, infused with a deep sense of foreboding. Alternately narrated by the Hazens and their neighbors in Lost Lake, the story perfectly captures the enduring rhythms of life in a rural town.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/8/2014

    " Shot son. Yuk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Em | 2/5/2014

    " Kind of predictable, but overall a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 2/3/2014

    " So I liked the way the book was written but if you have a loved one about to go out for the Hunt I suggest skip it until they are home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 2/3/2014

    " My book club book for September - also the Library's "One Book One Community Book" for 2008. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/17/2014

    " We invited Tom to join our book group for a discussion of his quite marvelous book. The story and characters were gripping and fully fleshed out. Great suspense leading up to a dramatic ending. Tom is an intense teacher of creative writing. His students are inspired by him and he gives his all. He's quite the writer and a great raconteur! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 1/13/2014

    " I would never have read this one if it weren't for my book discussion group, but I enjoyed it, and it made for a very good discussion. Lots of 21st-century writing flaws, but I ultimately liked it for its exploration of (what I've always considered the most difficult in our society) father-son relationship, and Bailey is a good story-teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marygrace | 1/10/2014

    " I read this book again for my book group. It was harder reading it a second time because you know what happens and wish you could do something to change the outcome. Saying that, I also picked up some more of the subtle indications of what the results were going to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/31/2013

    " Set in upstate New York, a family lives by the land/forest that surrounds them. A story about growth, disagreement, faith, friendship, values of many besides the main characters of a couple with 2 grown sons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/24/2013

    " A fast read, reminding me of stories of family growing up in the Adirondacks. I liked the focus on the father-sons relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/5/2013

    " The book had a very slow start, but the characters were very real, and their hardships were believable. I think the connection with them created a very moving reaction for me at the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/15/2013

    " Kind of based on a true story. This is a book you should read without knowing anything about it before you begin, like I did. Basically, it is a love story between a father and his sons. The dynamics of father and son relationships are explored in tom bailey's first novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becci | 11/14/2013

    " This book has well-developed characters. I felt like I knew them well. And the writing is very poetic and full of lovely descriptions of the NOrth CXountry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 9/22/2013

    " Didn't love this book along the way, however I came to like most of the character throughout the account of their routine lives. Don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't finished....but the ending will leave you with a draw dropping reaction! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 9/14/2013

    " I thought the story was mildly interesting and I became fairly engaged in the plot about 3/4 of the way through... but I just didn't like how it was written. It seemed very college creative-writingish. Or maybe I made that up because the author is a college creative writing professor?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/7/2013

    " Great writing style that gives the reader a lot to think about. I think this would be a great book to use in a book club as there are many characters to relate to and the idea of community is well explored within the pages of the book. Not a favorite, but an enjoyable read on cold fall afternoons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Biffy | 5/28/2013

    " I couldn't get into to the book. It might be good if I kept on going. Sorry :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 4/5/2013

    " This is a very interesting novel. Just when I ws ready to write it off as another "paean to self-sufficiency, daitribe against government and rules", the author starts revealing facets that parallel the complications of life. The foreshadowing does not lessen the impact of the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Novak | 1/3/2013

    " All I can say is WOW! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 12/17/2012

    " This was a One Community, One Book pick last year, and I really didn't think it was all that great. The others that they had selected in previous years, were fantastic, that's why I got this book and read it right away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/14/2012

    " Another book club book. I wasn't thrilled about reading it, but enjoyed it quite a bit. The prolog in the voice of the mother comes off as pretentious writing, however that pretentiousness does not carry through the rest of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 10/26/2011

    " I found myself lagging when I read this book. It seemed I had to force myself to pick it up. The prose was sometimes difficult for me to follow without re-reading it, which I know as for an effect, but which bogged me down. Still it was an admirable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 winona | 6/20/2011

    " I didn't love Bailey's writing voice, though he does know how to pick a good title (from Wendell Berry). Nevertheless, his characters eventually developed the power to haunt me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/26/2011

    " I loved this book. A great story about the imperfections of human being and just so well crafted. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 11/23/2010

    " The author really focuses on character and this novel features over a dozen different perspectives. Not particularly challenging, but raises interesting issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 7/24/2010

    " I really enjoyed this story of family and rushed through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyllis | 5/3/2009

    " This book was well-written
    and the author's style lent
    itself well to the plot. I
    kept dreading the tragedy
    that was sure to come, which
    took some of the enjoyment
    out of the story. "

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