This Tender Land

This Tender Land

A Novel

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"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 New York Times 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 en­thralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781476749297
Branch Call Number: KRUEGER
Characteristics: 450 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 08, 2019

I enjoy books about scrappy, adventurous kids so this coming of age story about 4 orphans on the run during the depression was right up my alley. Filled with good characters that I felt connected to and written so you feel like you are traveling along with them. Gives a good accounting of the down and out society of that era. I liked the strong bond and camaraderie between the kids and the kind hearted people they met along the way. I was just a little disappointed because I was hoping for more of a natural/outdoorsy, living off the land canoe journey by the 4 orphans instead of canoeing from town to town. This was just a small misjudgment on my part. I still enjoyed the book very much.

Aug 31, 2019

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Aug 27, 2019

This moving and epic new-release puts the bloom on my rosebush. I can just picture that canoe with its precious cargo making its way down the Gilead, then the Minnesota and on to the Mississippi. Those precious vagabonds floated their way into my heart. Let me tell you--there were times when I had to slap my hand over my mouth in despair over the events these four orphans lived through on their odyssey. "Ordinary Grace" is one of my favorite books EVER and it was such a treat to spend some time in New Bremen in this second standalone for Krueger. I would contend that in addition to ties to Homer's Odyssey and Huckleberry Finn, you could also make a case for Robinson's "Gilead" and the classic from Kansas "The Wizard of Oz." Can I get an amen?

debwalker Aug 27, 2019

Four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.

Feb 06, 2017

One copy?

Dec 31, 2016

William Kent Krueger is a very popular Minnesota author. This book is yet to be published. Release information is as follows: Atria Books | 320 pages | ISBN 9781476749297 | April 2018. People wish to get in line for the next book by an excellent author. Having met him, I also found him to be very personable!!! I have read every book in his Cork O'Connor Minnesota mystery series. Abby Tabby and Kristi

Nov 30, 2016

Is this book out of print? Has over 1000 holds


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