I’m only into my second “Literary Musing,” and it occurs to me a more appropriate series name might have been, “Authors Who Intimidate the Heck out of Me,” but we are on this path and will stick to it.
Ordinary Grace was a Christmas present from my oldest daughter quite a few years back. A present for which I am very thankful, because I wonder if I would have discovered this work on my own (not knowing the author at the time). Ordinary Grace is now firmly in my top 10 most-recommended-books. The official promo copy tells the premise better than I can …
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. 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.
The novel contains a cast of well-developed and complex characters who learn, grow wiser and eventually accept what they cannot change. There is a murder mystery that forms a secondary layer beneath this coming of age story. I’ve read some individual reviewers who state that it wasn’t a good mystery because they figured out “who-dun-it” before the end of the book. It is then that I want to yell, “Good for you sweetheart, but you missed the whole point.”
Points to the author for including this quote from Blaise Pascal on the dedication page.
“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.”
Read well …Poppy
4 thoughts on “Literary Musing (No. 2)”
I’d love to hear more about your 80’s “historical” project!
We read this book for book club last year. It was a beautiful book and lead to a wonderful discussion. I just took out 3 books last Friday from the Ferguson library. At the bottom of the receipt it tells you how much money you saved by using the library, it was $94.99. So far this year I have saved $902.18 and I do not have a book to recommend for book club next year yet! Happy reading, I would not have gotten through the last year without my library.
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When you come across a book worthy of a book club read, let us know!
Oh, we’re Pascal fans over here, and that novel sounds worthy of the lovely quote! Also ticks a couple boxes for me, besides examining faith and grace: coming-of-age and historical elements. (I’m writing something set in the 80s at the moment, and that would be billed “historical”–ack!) Keep the literary musings coming!
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