A different flair from my favorite author. For me it wasn't up to the caliber of his other stand alone novels such as Ordinary Grace. In some ways I am very partial to his Cork O'Connor series, so it's tougher for me to be unbiased. This one was a slow starter and takes awhile to get off the ground, and almost felt like it covered a subject that was brought to light in other novels. Still it was a fresh take with strong characters that you came to enjoy and root for. It also gave you a taste of the hard times during the depression and a huge slice of that life. If you looking for an easy read or something that might be suitable for a teen or pre-teeen this might be the book to recommend. For myself I am looking forward to the next Cork O'Connor mystery.
This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger is about children - four orphans - in the harshest and more dire of circumstances. It is an epic story of one summer that seems to extend so far beyond the time period it covers. For its horrific events, the story has at the same time an almost idyllic and philosophical feel. The result is a haunting tale of the dark history of the treatment of Native Americans and at the same time of the resilience of children and the joy of creating a family.
Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2020/03/this-tender-land.html
Reviewed for NetGalley.
Four orphans on a life changing trek during the Great Depression.
"1932, Minnesotaâthe 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 enÂthralling, big-hearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole."