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William Kent Krueger, author of Ordinary Grace

For 13-year-old Frank Drum, 1961 was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. When tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family --- which includes 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 called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

April 2013

In ORDINARY GRACE, William Kent Krueger departs from his Cork O’Connor series with a stand-alone title, and it is a winner. Set in New Bremen, a small town in Minnesota in 1961 during what we know as “The Kennedy Years,” this coming-of-age story is beautifully told in a style that reminds me of some of my favorite Southern writers, which is interesting since Krueger is Midwestern through and through. The prose wraps around you, and suddenly you look up and wonder where you are as the writing has been so vivid and clear that your sense of place has been redefined.

End-of-the-Year Contest 2013

Congratulations to the winners of our 2013 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 36 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bookreporter.com Bets On picks from 2013, while 36 others won a copy of one of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2013's Bets On selections.

Week of March 3, 2014

Releases for the week of March 3rd include ORDINARY GRACE, a departure from William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series and a 2014 Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel; DON'T GO, Lisa Scottoline's story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero; Z, a novel by Therese Anne Fowler that brings Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life; and UNTIL I SAY GOODBYE, a moving and inspirational memoir by Susan Spencer-Wendel, who makes the most of her final days after discovering she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

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 13-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.