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WINNER OF THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR Best NOVEL
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“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no cause at all to remember it. Yet I have by no means across the forty years considering that it was spoken forgotten a single word.”
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers have been promoting out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books had been a mainstay on each barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a nation with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer season in which death visited often and assumed many types. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.
Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which consists of his Methodist minister father his passionate, artistic mother Juilliard-bound older sister and sensible-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult planet complete of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, abruptly referred to as upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer season, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, attempting to understand a world that appears to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
- Atria Books