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For thirteen-year-old Trevor Kennedy, taking photos helps make sense of his fractured world. His father, Kurt, struggles to keep a business going while also caring for Trevor's aging grandfather, whose hoarding has reached dangerous levels. Trevor's mother, Elisabeth, all but ignores her son while doting on his five-year-old sister, Gracy, and pilfering useless drugstore i...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Michelle
I’ve read all of T. Greenwood’s books, loved them all, and this is truly her most remarkable. The writing, the setting, the emotional stakes are all stunning. This starts out with tremendous power and the tension is kept throughout as we try to figure out how troubled teen Trevor gets to his current place (and what exactly this current place involves). Where I thought this book was going is not where it ended up and I mean that in the best possible way.

As with her other books, in Grace, the char...more
Eyehavenofilter
This was so hard to put down. Stories within stories. Going back a generation, from father to grandfather, lovel denied, twisted punishment. A father that cannot show love, one that withholds love. A boy, difficult from birth, obviously with issues gone ignored for years, awkwardly trying to find his place. Growing up to fast and without guidance. His own mother doesn't understand his needs or her own. And is often repulsed by his behavior.She shoplifts to satisfy her own emptiness. He gets no h...more
Jackie
Tammy Greenwood is a master at writing riveting family drama, and this book might just be her best yet. Kurt and Elsbeth have been together forever it seems, and they've fallen into a number of common traps--accidental pregnancy that canceled college plans, taking over Kurt's family business after his brother was driven out of town, his mother died and his father became ill. The recession and a refinanced mortgage that now involved a huge balloon payment made things that much worse. Then there w...more
Carole
4.5 stars. My first book by T. Greenwood, but not my last! Just bought her latest, Bodies Of Water. Her style reminds me a bit of my favorite authors, Diane Chamberlain or Amy Hatvany. They all develop their characters so well. This book had an ending different than what I expected.
Judy Collins
This is my first book by T. Greenwood and it most definitely will not be my last! I look so forward to reading more from this author and reading her earlier books. (love the front cover image as pulls on you- to want to learn what is inside this door and family)

The writing quality, the setting, the emotion was spectacular! The character development was excellent and complex. Readers will be drawn from the front cover to the back cover. Appears as though the author is not afraid to tackle certain...more
Shannon
I read T. Greenwood's first novel over a decade ago, and since then I have always been anxiously awaiting her next. Her characters are always captivating and her story lines complex and heartwrenching. When I learned the premise of GRACE and later read a sample of the book, it heightened my anticipation of devouring the entire story. I had to know why the characters had come to the place I found them in the opening scene.

Each of the interweaving story lines in GRACE is so very relevant, and the...more
wally
1st from greenwood for me, paperback, 2012...there's a in memory of: followed by a list of 18 names...and all the other tragic casualties of hatred and intolerance.

did a search of many of the names...most if not all names on the list are victims of bullying...most gay-bullying...suicides...although one was not portrayed as gay and i didn't search each name on the list...one name showed up w/a girl suicide...the names seem to be all male...although this name that appeared side-by-side w/a female....more
Amy
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Kristen
Story about a couple married at 17 when the girl became pregnant. They are now 30 and struggling to make ends meet and dealing with his father who has hoarding issues and their oldest son, who is being bullied at school. It made me think about all the people who struggle with these issues in real life and made me grateful for all I have been blessed with. I liked the way the couple in the novel was committed to their family, and the ending was very redeeming, it left me feeling hopeful.
Sari Thorpe


Extremely well written. This story was so sad. I had conflicting emotions when I finished this book. It was defiantly hard to rate. I gave Grace four stars mainly because it was well written and hard to put down once I started it.
Brenda Vanwormer
I couldnt put this down, raised all kinds of emotions in me. Had to pause and gasp once in awhile but the book never left my hands:))
Diana
Amazing book. I could not put it down. I was hooked from the first page. My heart broke for Trevor.
Kara
Mar 05, 2013 Kara marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm ready to devour this book like I have with all the others this amazing author has written!
Stacey Pagan
Greenwood has written a heartrending story about a dysfunctional family living in a dysfunctional society. Once I started this novel I was unable to put it down! At times it was agonizing to read, knowing that Trevor was being bullied and picked on, yet it always turned out to be his fault. Knowing that he had no one to turn to in order to express his emotions and feelings! I do not think anyone reading this novel would be unemotional, because Greenwood pulls at the gut and heart strings like no...more
Sally Kruger
Thirteen year old Trevor, his little sister Grace, and his parents Kurt and Elsbeth make up one side of this intricate story. On the other side is Crystal whose life took an unexpected turn when she became pregnant at seventeen.

GRACE is written in a style that reminds me of books by Jodi Piccoult. Author T. Greenwood takes her readers deeply into the lives and minds of her characters as she gradually reveals their personal issues and their often complicated connections.

Trevor is suffering at the...more
Jake
T. Greenwood is a favorite of mine. Her prose is pitch-perfect and heart wrenching. She manages to capture the human experience with a keen eye. I cannot rave enough about her. Her latest novel, Grace, is no exception. We return to Two Rivers to meet the Kennedy's and a teenage mother who just gave up her baby for adoption. The way their worlds collide is significant, dramatic, and so real.

Kurt is a lovable character. One thing about Greenwood is that she is able to show character flaws in a be...more
Kathy Jund
A mesmerizing read which captures your attention from the opening chapter. Thoughts of what could have brought the “story” to this point run foremost in your mind. There is no choice but to read on and discover for yourself! A highly emotional journey in which the characters find themselves held prisoner by even their most simplistic of desires promises to keep the reader committed to turning the pages until all becomes clear, as snapshot in time, also held prisoner. Two Rivers, an out of the wa...more
Melissa
I was enthralled with Grace by T. Greenwood from the opening chapter. She tells us the story of a family in Two Rivers, VT and that of a checkout girl from the local Walgreens. Their stories intertwine seamlessly and in ways that seem unexpected, yet so fitting. Every single character has a depth to them, making them all alive beyond the page. I grew attached to all of her carefully constructed characters, dying to know what the final pages would reveal about them all. As a teacher, this novel h...more
Toni
This is going to be a very mixed review. I was amazed at the quality of writing but disappointed in the story. Grace is a very heart wrenching story. It focuses on four character point-of-views, with their common link being Gracy, a beautiful vibrant little girl.

• Kurt – Gracy’s father. He is hard working and struggling to keep his family healthy and happy. Now he also has to shoulder the problems of his ailing father.
• Elsbeth – Gracy’s Mother – Unhappy with her choices in life and wondering wh...more
Cynthia Archer
Amazing story. It's hard to feel too bad about your life as you read about these wounded and hurting people. Ms. Greenwood hits all the right buttons to make you feel so many things. As I read the book I was full of emotions, mainly fear, apprehension, and pity for the hurting characters she portrays. It seems that there is no fix for all the problems that they encounter and endure. Yet life can change and there is redemption for wrong. Justice and grace are elements that make life endurable and...more
Kelly

I've loved everything T. Greenwood has written and looked forward to reading this one. At first I was a little worried that there was too much going on in this book--it covers an awful lot of ground and numerous social and personal issues. But it's wonderful, and the story spins out so well ( pretty gracefully, pun intended). You see inside the characters and watch their struggles with an impending sense of doom that something big and awful is going to happen but you're not exactly sure what. (i...more
Julie
"...His rifle drawn and aimed at the back of his only son's head..." The first paragraph of the book drew me in, and I read until I finished it 24 hours later. This was a very good book, although busy. There were so many things happening in the characters lives, that at times it was overwhelming. And yet, it added to the feeling of desperation and despair that the story led to. And I just wanting to know what would lead a father to that horrible position. My eyes welled up with heartbreak at the...more
Kathy
I enjoyed reading the book and loved the development of all the characters. It seemed like all the characters were fighting their own version of quicksand throughout the book.

I found Trevor's teacher as the bright spot in the book - she was the only solid support for Trevor. The author really did a good job of detailing Trevor's emotions and inability to handle the terrible abuse at school. Although there were many story lines - a hoarder grandfather, teen mother that gives up her baby and a mo...more
Corinne
Liked the characters, way too much exposition. And where was the plot? I kept waiting for the inciting incident to happen but it came so damn late in the book I was very disappointed.

This marks the second novel I've read in which I was taken completely out of the story because an editor did not do their job (see my review of Plan B by Jonathan Tropper). Pro tip: Tupperware is NOT SOLD IN STORES. You can find pieces on eBay, and you can probably find used Tupperware items at thrift shops, but yo...more
Lolly LKH
Heavy hard read for me. I will review it more later but I will say that Greenwood really touched the wounds of bullying and parenting. Having a son myself that has Asperger's (though this book is not about asperger's) I have experienced so much first hand therefore, her novel was a bit like salt in wounds. Wonderfully written, not just what Trevor is going through, but the hunger for something more, something better that so many 'grown ups' feel. This novel is about far more than Trevor. I will...more
Shelly
Where to begin? Thirteen year old Trevor Kennedy has been bullied at school for as long as he can remember but now his fear has turned to rage. But he isn't the only troubled Kennedy as his father, Kurt, is consumed with a failing business, a wife who wants more than he can give, and an aging father with a hoarding problem. His mother, Elsbeth, has a lustful need for things and is stealing from the local stores and dotes all her attention on Gracy, Trevor's six year old sister. The only one who...more
Laura
Jun 10, 2012 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ARC
Grace was maybe longer than it needed to be, dragging a bit in the middle after a terribly good start but the ending won me over. It didn't drag so much as was increadingly disturbing, the reader unable to stop the abuses and misunderstandings that are sure to destroy a boy and his family,unabe - even - to image a way that the sure course of events could be influenced for the better, prepared for a shocking and terrible end. To say more would require a spoiler alert.

Lesa
I found this book rather depressing. With the exception of the six-year-old girl, none of the characters were likable. They were all so detached from each other. They didn't seem like a family at all. I especially disliked the mom. I hated how she didn't care anything about Trevor. Horrible. And even though she did like Gracy, she didn't take good care of her. Shoplifting while with her, drinking and not watching her at the lake, drinking and driving, buying expensive swimwear and other luxuries...more
Lorrie Thomson
The novel begins with the ending, a shocking trek for thirteen-year-old Trevor Kennedy with his father urging him forward, a gun to the boy’s back. What has happened to bring a family to the breaking point? Told from the points of view of Trevor, his father, Kurt, mother, Elsbeth, and Crystal, an acquaintance with her own wounds, the story unearths the tragedy of bullying and enlightens us on the ways we are all the same, wonderfully imperfect.

Christa Sgobba
This book was a great, quick read, and not because it was light on substance--which it definitely was not. All of the characters were developed well, but when the story focused on 12-year-old Trevor, it really picked up to the next level. The descriptions of the bullying he endured, and the failures of the adults in his life to help him out with it, was heart breaking. All in all, a great read, and I can't wait to read others by the author!
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T. Greenwood is the author of seven novels. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and, most recently, the Maryland State Arts Council. Two Rivers was named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards last year. Four of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks; THIS GLITTERING WOR...more
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