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Vernon County Reads “Ordinary Grace”
The Vernon County Libraries are doing a cooperative summer reading program for adults this year called “Vernon County Reads”. The book we have chosen for this fun event is the award winning New York Times bestseller “Ordinary Grace” by Minnesota author William Kent Krueger.
The book is set in the fictional town of New Bremen, Minnesota in the summer of 1961. “The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. 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.Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.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.”
Participation is easy…check out a copy of the book at any Vernon County library, enjoy it, consider attending one (or more) of the scheduled discussion groups, and finally attend the “Meet the Author” event on August 25th at the Viroqua Elementary School Cafetorium. Admission is free and refreshments will be served!
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