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.
The Lincoln school is not a safe place. Odie, Albert, Mose and Emmy have run away. They had to run to survive. All were in danger through their various circumstances. And they are being chased. Someone is going to bring them back and see that they are punished.
The plight of these kids is heart wrenching. The way they survive and the characters they come across on their trip is mesmerizing. Plus! The danger! Around every corner is something which makes your heart stop! They depend on each other through thick and thin. And believe me there is a good bit of thin!
Y’all! This book is fantastic. No one has a better prose than William Kent Krueger. He out did himself with this one. I was captivated from the very start and almost read it in one sitting. DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!
I actually met him at Book Expo 2019. Such a wonderful man. I will also see him at Square Books in Oxford this week. So stay tuned!