This Tender Land

This Tender Land

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"In the summer of 1932, on the banks of Minnesota's Gilead River, the Lincoln Indian Training School is a pitiless place where Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is aslo home to Odie O'Banion, a lively orphan boy whose exploits contantly earn him the superintendent's wrath. Odie and his brother, Albert, are the only white faces among hundreds of Native American children at the school. After committing a terrible crime, Odie and Albert are forced to flee from their lives along with their best friend, Mose, a mute young man of Sioux heritage. Out of pity, they also take with them a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy. Together, they steal away in a canoe, heading fro the mighty Mississippi in search of a place to call home. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphan vagabonds journey into the unknown, crossing paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveiling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. With the feel of a modern classic, This Tender Land is an entralling, bighearted epic that shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole." --book jacket
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2019
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476749297
Branch Call Number: F KRU
Characteristics: 450 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: This tender land


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ArapahoeChristineS Sep 21, 2020

Adventure and mystery with a whole lot of heart. This beautifully written novel explores the cruelty of humans, as well as their compassion. We meet 4 orphans running low on hope and forced to run away from their horrific orphanage and out into the great unknown. There's a Huck Finn feel to this book, and I was very invested in these children. Wonderful!

Aug 31, 2020

Can you hold it a couple of more days? I had to go pop of town..

Aug 29, 2020

Beautiful book about 4 children who come together in the Great Depression to escape cruel treatment. They create their own family, and travel along the river to find their own homes.

Jun 11, 2020

I thought this book was incredible. I have also read "Ordinary Grace" by Kent Krueger, and although unrelated, both are captivating historical fiction novels based in Northern Minnesota. "This Tender Land" mixes the 1930's, racial relations, friendship, grief, love, and loss with a little bit of fantasy for a novel well worth anybody's time.

May 15, 2020

About orphans who ran away - historical fiction. Possible book club.

Mar 10, 2020

I heard him speak at Mount Olivet. It took a while to get there but was really wonderful!

Feb 20, 2020

Another good read by WKK!

Feb 13, 2020

Small town Minnesota in depression era 1932, Indian schools and race relations, abuse of children and what they do to survive, a compelling read that I dove into and didn't come up for air until I was at the end. Loved it.

Jan 29, 2020

Modern Mrs Darcy

Jan 28, 2020

I agree with the comment from Bookworm1136. "This is a book with a heart". Maybe my age (91), yet I related to those years. Little is known of those times and circumstances. The book contained many passages worthy of thinking deeply about this odyssey. The twists of their adventure was like a tapestry of our life experience. A great deal of depth to contemplate. For me, it was an excellent book on many levels. For my reading experience, it was a worthy book.

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