This Tender Land
1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be edu ...more
The best historical fiction doesn’t just take me to the time and place depicted in the story. It takes me into the heart and soul of people who lived there and then. This is precisely what William Kent Kruger has done in this beautifully written story of four orphans on their journey to find safety, home, and love while discovering themselves along the way. He does this with characters who are everything to this telling of history, whose stories tell of the extreme hardships of the Great Depress ...more
After reading this book I think there should be a separate genre for incredibly well written books that will endure the test of time, this is truly a “masterpiece”. It is literary fiction, adventure, mystery, a lesson in morality and forgiveness, and so much more. To understand this book you really MUST READ it, and I seldom say that about a book. It is every bit as good as Ordinary Grace by this author.
The time frame for the book is during the Great Depression, it’s 1932 and ...more
Although this may sound li ...more
“Home is where the heart is.” And Odie, Albert, Moses and Emmy are all looking for their own ...more
True to his word, William Kent Krueger did pour his heart and soul into this book. His writing is both moving and beautiful. I found myself highlighting large sections of text. He has the heart of a poet. If you ha ...more
“This Tender Land”, is a mesmerizing tale with wonderful characters, rich themes, extraordinary storytelling, delicious writing....with dialogue that sprinkles gold nuggets in our hearts, gut, and mind.
A couple of times I thought: “Stand By Me” - meets “Deliverance”....meets Huckleberry Finn. It has those ‘type’ of a ‘feelings’.
I’m pleased as a pickle—to say this novel is every bit as good as “Ordinary Grace”...( another book by Krueger that’s one of my favorites).....
starting wi ...more
The story takes place in the 1930's during the Great Depression in Minnesota. Odie and Albert are two white orphaned teenage brothers who live at the Lincoln school. It's a school for Native American Indian children who are forcibly separated from their parents and sent there to be educated. Four and Albert are forced to live there as well, with the Indians. They were the only two white orphans in the school. Mrs Brickman who was known as The Black Witch was the school superinten ...more
I have been waiting for a long time to say this about a book, and now I can: This novel is a masterpiece. It is William Kent Krueger at his very best - it is clear he threw his entire heart and soul into this book. I will buy a hardback copy (something I never do) and keep it forever.
Set during The Great Depression in 1932 in my home state of Minnesota we follow our protagonist, 12-year-old Odie, and his three fellow travelers (self-dubbed The Four Vagabonds) on their searc ...more
"Of all that we're asked to give others in this life, the most difficult to offer may be forgiveness."
It all begins in HELL and some of what's told here is true.
"What happened in the summer of 1932 is most important to those who experienced it, and there are not many of us left."
Odie O'Banion's life actually began in Missouri Ozark country, but now orphaned in Minnesota, he and older brother Albert need a miracle to get out of Lincoln School, the only white boys in a school f...more
William Kent Krueger sweeps aside the present and takes us to an era in American history in which hope was at a far distance and pain and heartache were daily visitors. It's 1932 and the Great Depression has dug its roots deeply into the American landscape. The Haves had far less and the Have Nots had even less than nothing.
The Lincoln School was set upon the banks of the Gilead River in Fremont County in Minnesota. To ...more
“Maybe it really is like it says in the Bible,” I offered. “God’s a shepherd and we’re his flock and he watches over us.”
For a long while, Albert didn’t say anything. I listened to that kid crying in the dark because he felt lost and alone and believed no one cared.
Finally Albert whispered, “Listen, Odie, what does a shepherd eat?”
I didn’t know where he was going with that, so I didn’t reply.
“His flock,” Albert told me. “One by one.”
william kent krueger has written eleventy bill ...more
This book was a beautiful symphony to my ears, refreshing smell of nature to my nose, healing hands to my soul, heart-warming, emotional touch to my heart, lyrical, poetical, nurturing elements to my brain. There was not much words to express my feelings how I loved this book and how I enjoyed each word, sentence, each of the journey those orphans have taken, each i ...more
A beautifully written character driven novel about the meaning of family and friendship and most of all the definition of home.
It’s 1932 and the Great Depression has hit and hit hard.
In Minnesota, four young orphans attend the Lincoln School - a school for Native American children. Odie and Albert are brothers, Odie is often in trouble for something, frustrating his older brother Albert to no end. Moses, is mute, and uses sign language to converse. Emmy has recently lost everything a ...more
An ode to another time and a journey born of desperation, a prayer for the innocence of childhood shattered by evil intentions and cruel actions of adults entrusted with their care, a classic coming-of-age tale that includes an ambitious quest, and an entreaty for the inner peace found in offering forgiveness to others.
“Ask me, God’s right here. In the dirt, the rain, the sky, the trees, the apples, the stars in the cottonwoods. In you and me, too. It’s all connected and it’s all God. Sure this ...more
Four orphans escape an abusive situation at a boarding school and set off on a river trip in a canoe bound for St Louis. The trip is not a leisurely one, as the authorities are hot on their trail. Along the way, they meet a variety of people, all trying to ...more
The narrator, 12 year old Odie O'Banion and his older brother Albert are the only white boys in a school set up to 'take the Indian' out of native Indian boys by teaching them the white-man's cul ...more
“Ask me, God’s right here. In the dirt, the rain, the sky, the trees, the apples, the stars in the cottonwoods. In you and me, too. It’s all connected and it’s all God. Sure this is hard work, but it’s good work because it’s a part of what connects us to ...more
There was a fair amount of historical context incorporated through the eyes of a 12-year old living in 1932 Minnesota as a runaway orphan. The characters that he and the other three orphans meet along their voyage are layered with the voice of those who lived during that time. The atmosphere of The Great Depression not only interrupted the innocence of many children, as we see in the runaways in th ...more
There are a few authors that I’ve read in my life that make me feel as if I know their soul just by reading their words. William Kent Krueger is one of them. He can tell a w ...more
Wowie, wowie. What a masterpiece! This is in the Top 5 reads of 2019 for me, if not the top read this year. Run to your nearest book outlet and get this book. You will not be sorry. That is much more lavish praise than I usually provide in a book review, but William Kent Krueger’s latest book has earned it.
This is a coming of age adventure story told by Odie O’Banion. His 83 year-old self is recounting the summer of the Vagabonds, which happened when he was 12, in 193 ...more
No, no, no, this isn't a fantasy story or a fairy tale. It's actually historical fiction and a wonderful coming-of-age story set in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression. The four children, Odie, his older brother Albert, Mo ...more
It is a deceptively simple story. The author calls it a retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with a tribute to Sinclair Lewis but I see an homage to To Kill a Mockingbird in it. It is set in Minnesota during the Great Depression. Two brothers are sent to one ...more