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Friday, April 10, 2015

The Kilbourn Public Library Book Club is reading Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger for April.

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961.  The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson's Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack.  It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president.  But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms.  Accident. Nature.  Suicide.  Murder.

Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him.  It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

Think about the characters of Ruth and Nathan Drum, the narrator's mother and father.  How would you describe them and, especially, their marriage?

What do you think of Emil Brandt and his sister?

How would you describe Gus?  What is the bond between Gus and Nathan based on?  What do you think was the event during the war that the two refer to obliquely as they sit together in the darkened church?

Why is Ruth so angry with Nathan after Ariel disappears?  How would you respond to such a horrific loss:  would you respond as Ruth does, in anger?  Or would you be more like Nathan?

How would you define grace?  What, specifically, does "ordinary grace" refer to in the story, and what is the larger religious significance of the term "ordinary grace"?

Why is the grace spoken by Jake so extraordinary...and how does it affect members of his family?

What do you think happened to Bobby Cole?  Why might the author have left that mystery unresolved?

Let us know what you think of Ordinary Grace.