INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you'll love This Tender Land...This story is as big-hearted as they come. --Parade A magnificent novel about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression, from the bestselling author of Ordinary Grace. 1932, Minnesota--the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O'Banion, a lively boy whose exploits earn him the superintendent's wrath. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an en-thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
If you're among the millions who raced through Where the Crawdads Sing this year and are looking for another expansive, atmospheric American saga, look to the latest from Krueger. --Entertainment Weekly The tone is much like To Kill a Mockingbird, with its combination of dread and nostalgia. --Detroit News Once in a blue moon a book drops down on your desk that demands to be read. You pick it up and read the first page, and then the second, and you are hooked. Such a book is Ordinary Grace...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 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) Krueger's elegy for innocence is a deeply memorable tale. --Washington Post Praise for Ordinary Grace, winner of the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel Pitch-perfect...I loved this book. --Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Live by Night and The Given Day Rich with graceful writing and endearing characters...this is a book for the ages. --Denver Post More than a simple journey; it is a deeply satisfying odyssey, a quest in search of self and home. Richly imagined and exceptionally well plotted and written, the novel is, most of all, a compelling, often haunting story that will captivate both adult and young adult readers. --Booklist Absorbing and wonderfully-paced, this fictional narrative set against historical truths mesmerizes the reader with its evocations of compassion, courage, and self-discovery. . . THIS TENDER LAND is a gripping, poignant tale swathed in both mythical and mystical overtones. --Bob Drury, New York Times bestselling author of The Heart of Everything That Is Long, sprawling, and utterly captivating, readers will eat up every delicious word of it. --New York Journal of Books Crafted in exquisitely beautiful prose, this is a story to be treasured - outstanding and unforgettable. --Historical Novel Review A picaresque tale of adventure during the Great Depression. Part Grapes of Wrath, part Huckleberry Finn, Krueger's novel is a journey over inner and outer terrain toward wisdom and freedom. --Minneapolis Star Tribune Praise for This Tender Land If you liked Where the Crawdads Sing, you'll love This Tender Land by best-selling author William Kent Krueger. This story is as big-hearted as they come. --Parade Magazine