I am very pleased to have stumbled upon This Tender Land. When recently searching through a Daedalus Book catalog the teaser about William Kent Krueger’s offering caught my attention. While there are many books, over time, which have moved me to post about them on this little place on the internet highway, few of the reads have made for such a truly uplifting mood.
This book is a fast read, two days here. But the impact has lasted for days.
The joy of the book, even with the sad and tortured aspects within the larger story, is such that it will be one you wish to hand off to someone else. It would be a shame to house it on a shelf when it could lift another’s path in life.
So many parts of our world have only the sad telling as its lasting impact. But this book uses such telling to make larger points about life that then registers within as the final chapter and page are finished.
How many books have you read which has created such an impact when done? And days later?
This is how Amazon promotes the book.
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.
Do yourself a real favor and read it this summer.