This Tender Land

This Tender Land

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"The acclaimed author of Ordinary Grace crafts a powerful novel about an orphan's life-changing adventure traveling down America's great rivers during the Great Depression, seeking both a place to call home and a sense of purpose in a world sinking into despair"-- Provided by publisher.
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 little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781476749297
Branch Call Number: Fiction Kru
Characteristics: 450 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 08, 2019

I enjoy books about scrappy, adventurous kids so this coming of age story about 4 orphans on the run during the depression was right up my alley. Filled with good characters that I felt connected to and written so you feel like you are traveling along with them. Gives a good accounting of the down and out society of that era. I liked the strong bond and camaraderie between the kids and the kind hearted people they met along the way. I was just a little disappointed because I was hoping for more of a natural/outdoorsy, living off the land canoe journey by the 4 orphans instead of canoeing from town to town. This was just a small misjudgment on my part. I still enjoyed the book very much.


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