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The River We Remember

By William Kent Krueger

8.5/10
(8.5/10)

421 pages

What’s it about?

This novel is set in 1958 in the town of Jewel, Minnesota.  Brody Dern is the sheriff in this small town when he gets a call that a man is dead down by the river.  When the man turns out to be a not very well-liked large landowner in the community, Dern is hoping for a suicide ruling.  The community has murder on its mind and is sure that Noah Bluestone (a local Native American) is responsible.  Brody Dern will have his work cut out for him.

What did it make me think about?

How easy it is to have preconceived notions when racism is involved.

Should I read it?

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is one of my favorite novels.  This new book has many of the same hallmark features. There is a sweetness to William Kent Krueger’s characters that make his novels really appealing. This book is no exception.  It is easy to read- and although lots of characters appear in the story I did not find it that difficult to keep it all straight.  This is a great book to curl up with for the weekend.  Any fan of William Kent Krueger will not be disappointed.  Ordinary Grace is still my favorite of the two but I also enjoyed this novel.

Quote

“Grief- both Charlie and Brody knew this well- doesn’t come in the immediacy of the moment.  Nor does it send a calling card for later.  It arrives unannounced, springing from some unexpected incident, grabbing the heart in moments of total surprise.”

What’s it about?

This novel is set in 1958 in the town of Jewel, Minnesota.  Brody Dern is the sheriff in this small town when he gets a call that a man is dead down by the river.  When the man turns out to be a not very well-liked large landowner in the community, Dern is hoping for a suicide ruling.  The community has murder on its mind and is sure that Noah Bluestone (a local Native American) is responsible.  Brody Dern will have his work cut out for him.

What did it make me think about?

How easy it is to have preconceived notions when racism is involved.

Should I read it?

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is one of my favorite novels.  This new book has many of the same hallmark features. There is a sweetness to William Kent Krueger’s characters that make his novels really appealing. This book is no exception.  It is easy to read- and although lots of characters appear in the story I did not find it that difficult to keep it all straight.  This is a great book to curl up with for the weekend.  Any fan of William Kent Krueger will not be disappointed.  Ordinary Grace is still my favorite of the two but I also enjoyed this novel.

Quote

“Grief- both Charlie and Brody knew this well- doesn’t come in the immediacy of the moment.  Nor does it send a calling card for later.  It arrives unannounced, springing from some unexpected incident, grabbing the heart in moments of total surprise.”

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