This Tender Land

This Tender Land

Book - 2019
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Fleeing the Depression-era school for Native American children who have been taken from their parents, four orphans share a life-changing journey marked by struggling farmers, faith healers, and lost souls.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476749297
Branch Call Number: F KRUEGER
Characteristics: 450 pages ; 24 cm


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MCPL was delighted to recently host Krueger as part of our Story Center Speaker Series. Cathy suggests this heartfelt standalone novel following four orphans and their treacherous journey from Minnesota to St. Louis.

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Jan 20, 2021

Native children escape orphanage to find a place in the world. Tale of their journey. Good read.

Jan 15, 2021

This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger is a great read. Characters your heart will embrace: a plot that moves in twists and turns, and a lot characters to root for - makes this a perfect book to lose yourself in. Set 90 years ago in the Minnesota four orphans have banded together to find there way. I recommend it.

Jan 13, 2021

If you want a religious book, this is it. About halfway through, it's all religion. The jacket synopsis doesn't state this at all and is another of Krueger's bait and switch books.

Dec 25, 2020

I thought this book was a masterpiece. I liked it much better than Ordinary Grace, which I barely remember. I highly recommend This Tender Land.

Nov 22, 2020

Great book! What a talent and gift is William Kent Kreuger. Interesting time period, great characters, well paced plot, satisfying ending. I don't know how it could have been better.

Nov 15, 2020

This is one of those books that's an instant classic. Beautifully written, with memorable characters and an amazing plot that kept me engaged throughout - with a surprise twist towards the end. I loved the author's homage to The Grapes of Wrath, Huckleberry Finn, The Wizard of Oz and The Odyssey. Rather than describing the plot, which you can read from many of the other reviews or the publisher's description, I simply and strongly urge you read this wonderful book.

Nov 05, 2020

This was a touch too long, and a bit too sweetly sentimental, but I mostly enjoyed it. The Native American character of Forrest made me feel squirmy though. He was kind of a stereotype, and spouted some mystical nonsense about the Sioux that made me cringe.

Oct 29, 2020

This is one of the few books that would get me to pull an all-nighter because it was so difficult to put down. Enough said.

This was an enjoyable read. The character development is done quite well. I had a good sense for what each character was really like, and they didn't change personalities, as some authors do. Sometimes a writer will lose what the characters personality is at heart, and it changes, making it hard for me to believe this character would do something "so out of character". Not in this case. It is a long book at 464 pages, a bit to long for me. I grow a bit weary as the story takes to long to get to the punch line, if you will. However, I enjoyed this well enough that it did keep me interested to the end. I love stories narrated by young people and Odie comes alive for me. I read another book by Mr. Krueger, Ordinary Grace, and gave it four stars, so I must have liked that one more. Unfortunately, I didn't write a review for it and honestly cannot remember the book at all and find it hard to believe I actually read it. But it's like that with so many books I've read; once I'm on to another, I quickly forget what the last was about. I may go back and read Ordinary Grace again. I would definitely recommend this book, This Tender Land.

LCPL_Vivian Oct 22, 2020

This is a beautiful historical fiction novel about friendship, family, and how the land connects us all. There are many twists and turns that will keep you from putting it down. I would highly recommend this to fans of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett or Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

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